Davina at the Cheltenham Festival

Davina has been invited to join Bjarte Eike and his Norwegian Ensemble Barroksolistene at The Cheltenham Festival on the 10th of July. She will feature as a soloist in Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. For more details, and to buy tickets, please visit the Cheltenham Festival website

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra's Musician of the Month

Davina was recently interviewed as the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra's Musician of the Month. The interview below was featured in the Friends' newsletter.

Musician of the Month
Davina Clarke

Violinist and Apprentices Programme alumna 2013.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Yes. A steaming mug of peppermint tea with plenty of honey must feature as well as a banana, whilst briefly unwinding with Tatler or Vogue (or a magazine even more lowbrow!)
My Jo Malone ritual of red roses body cream topped with a spritz of pear and freesia which always makes me feel happy and uplifted, wherever I am.
What is your favourite non classical music?

Encore or pub?
BOTH- always!

Favourite aspect of touring?
Playing in beautiful and breathtaking surroundings with friends and colleagues. Experiencing and creating magical moments of a performance in these unique settings.
Observing (and listening to!) audience etiquette in different countries and cultures.
Opera or symphony?
Which piece of classical music would you recommend?
For a beginner listener to whet their palate, I would suggest the sublime second movement of the Bach Double Violin Concerto (I am biased of course!) or the slow movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D Minor which is pure bliss. I could go on forever, and Handel should feature, but I'll stop there!
Which other section of the orchestra would you like to be part of?

Do you play modern as well as period instruments?
Yes- I play the modern violin and also the electric violin.

Favourite composer?
Which is your favourite concert hall and why?
Extremely difficult question. Much of my love of concert venues stems from the performances and special musical moments created there. Based on this:

  • Amsterdam Concertgebouw
  • Versailles
  • Wigmore Hall

Major or minor key?

Mozart or Haydn? 
Bach or Handel?
Hardest decision, but for sheer genius, Bach.
Verdi or Wagner?
If you were not a professional musician what would you do?
Chef or florist.

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