“I was immediately struck by Davina’s innate musicianship, her violinistic prowess, her passionate engagement and seriousness of purpose, and her rare but surefooted sense of style. Added to that was the most priceless attribute of all - a manifest willingness to learn, to imbibe and to assimilate [She plays] with authority, charm and conviction - and a beguiling beauty of tone.”
— Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE
Davina performs around the world with the UK’s most highly regarded period ensembles – The English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, The Sixteen and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Davina read music at The University of Manchester where she held a McMynn Scholarship. She graduated with a First Class Honours and went on to pursue a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied under Simon Standage and Rachel Podger. During her time there, she won the Roy Burcher and Tebbutt Exhibition Awards, and was awarded a First Class Distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital.
Davina continues her long association with the Royal Academy as a Guest Principal in the Kohn Bach Cantata Series. In addition, she has just been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for her outstanding contribution to the music industry.
Her most recent engagements have included the BBC Proms, extensive European and USA tours of Handel, Verdi and Berlioz under Sir John Eliot Gardiner as well as performances at the Albert Hall with her own ensemble, Word and Music.
She performs regularly at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie (Paris), La Scala (Italy), Philharmonie (Berlin), KKL (Lucern), Royal Festival Hall (London), Wigmore Hall (London), and Palau de la Musica (Barcelona).
Davina is passionate about playing chamber music and performs regularly with fellow members of the English Baroque Soloists. She also frequently travels to the United States for solo and chamber recitals.
Davina plays on a 1659 Francesco Ruggieri violin and is grateful to Ingles and Hayday, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The Stradivari Trust and the Vec Acorn Trust for their generous support.