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Adam Summer School Alumni Spotlight – Davina Shum

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

The Adam Summer School has provided string players and pianists from across New Zealand and beyond with the opportunity to learn from the very best. Up to 25 students are chosen each year to fully immerse themselves in intensive coaching and masterclasses, culminating in two finale concerts at the stunning Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

In anticipation of the 28th annual Adam Summer School in 12-20 February 2022, we decided to catch up with a few of our alumni to see what they're up to now and how the Summer School has impacted their career. Click here to read our Q&A with fellow alumni: Ben Booker, Liam Wooding, and Arna Morton.


Davina Shum, cellist

Year Attended: 2008

Davina standing in front of a brick wall and mahogany doors, dressed in a leather jacket and blue polka dot skirt and holding her cello.
Adam Summer School alumna, Davina Shum

Auckland-born cellist Davina Shum studied at the University of Auckland and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Now based in London, United Kingdom, Davina was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and performed in many acclaimed venues including the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, and the Royal Albert Hall. Davina is currently the Online Editor of The Strad and also the creator and host of podcast, As It Comes: Life from a Musicians’ View, which explores the weird and wonderful lives of those who keep music-making alive.

Davina attended the Summer School in 2008 and performed the Beethoven String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 with Juliet Ayre (1st Violin), Julianne Song (2nd Violin), and Charlotte Fetherston (Viola). We recently caught up with Davina to reminisce about her Summer School experience and what she's up to now.