Cel­list off to train in Lon­don

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A young cel­list is look­ing for­ward to im­mers­ing her­self in the Lon­don mu­sic scene thanks to a schol­ar­ship al­low­ing her to study and per­form in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal.

Tal­ented in­stru­men­tal­ist Dav­ina Shum is wing­ing her way to the UK this week af­ter re­ceiv­ing the El­man Poole Mu­sic Schol­ar­ship for 2013.

The an­nual award is funded by Dr El­man Poole for an up-and­com­ing mu­si­cians to train with the renowned South­bank Sin­fo­nia orches­tra in Lon­don.

‘‘I hope to in­spire and be in­spired by other like-minded mu­si­cians in the orches­tra,’’ Ms Shum says.

‘‘Work­ing in such a close in­ti­mate group will de­velop me mu­si­cally be­cause of the in­ten­sity and fre­quency of new reper­toire from all dif­fer­ent gen­res.

‘‘In a way, we will be ‘thrown’ into the pro­fes­sion, which is such a valu­able and prac­ti­cal learn­ing she says.

Ms Shum was ed­u­cated at Dioce­san School for Girls in Ep­som and af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2004 she went on to ob­tain a bach­e­lor of mu­sic from the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

Most re­cently she stud­ied at Syd­ney’s Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic where she was awarded her master of mu­sic de­gree in 2011.

Through­out her ed­u­ca­tion she has played in or­ches­tras in both New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Ms Shum says play­ing with the rep­utable South­bank Sin­fo­nia will be greatly ben­e­fi­cial to her mu­si­cal ca­reer.

The orches­tra of young pro­fes­sion­als has been de­scribed by The Times as ‘‘a dash­ing en­sem­ble who play with ex­hil­a­rat­ing fizz’’.

It is Bri­tain’s lead­ing

ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ or­ches­tral academy and is known for pro­vid­ing a spring-board for young play­ers.

‘‘I have the chance to per­form in Lon­don, across the UK and Europe,’’ Ms Shum says.

‘‘The op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented will open so many doors for me mu­si­cally, ed­u­ca­tion­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.’’

The El­man Poole Mu­sic Schol­ar­ship was es­tab­lished in 2007 by Dr Poole to en­able young mu­si­cians to gain ex­pe­ri­ence abroad and con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of mu­sic in New Zealand.

String the­ory: Cel­list Dav­ina Shum is head­ing to Lon­don to train and per­form with the highly re­garded South­bank Sin­fo­nia.

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