Leader: Columba Dromgoole-Cavazzi

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Columba Dromgoole-Cavazzi is an instrumental and choral scholar at the university and is currently completing the second year of her music degree. Columba lead “Baby SUSO” as a part of SUSO’s Outreach Project for the 2016/17 academic year, and is co-leader of Southampton University Sinfonietta, the university’s only chamber orchestra. She is also a pianist and studies with Duncan Honeybourne.

Columba began learning to play the violin at age 7 and achieved grade 8 distinction in 2012. Columba was a music scholar at Sir William Perkins’s School, Surrey, and started studying at the Primary Royal Academy of Music in 2009, before moving to the Junior Royal College of Music (RCM) in 2011. Columba started studying with her current teacher, world class musician and violinist Christopher Hirons at RCM in 2015. She was a valuable member of symphony and chamber orchestras at RCM and has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith’s Square.

Columba is an experienced orchestral musician and has been a part of many orchestras, most notably the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain from 2012-2017. She was the leader of the orchestra in 2016 and 2017. She also was a member of the National Children’s String Sinfonia from 2007-2008 and the National Children’s Chamber Orchestra from 2009-2011. Columba has played at several charity events and in 2015 she was invited to play at a musical celebration in memory of Rex Gooden, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (or ‘cot death’) at 21 months old. The event itself raised £11,000, and a further £70,000 was raised to fund a 2 year SUDC research project.

In 2015, Columba was a member of the Amadeus Orchestra, performing works such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Finzi’s cello concerto with world renowned soloist Raphael Wallfisch. She also was a member of the highly competitive BBC Proms Youth Ensemble 2016, playing alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall for the first piece of the Last Night of the Proms, conducted by maestro Sakari Oramo.

This is Columba’s first year leading SUSO and she is incredibly honoured and excited to do so!