It is a year since Sir Colin Davis died aged 85. In memory of this most remarkable musician, Christ’s Hospital is proud to introduce the Sir Colin Davis Music Scholarship.
Colin Davis was the president and longest serving principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
He was born in 1927 and educated at Christ’s Hospital, from 1939 – 1945. From a large family, he was one of six children and as a consequence of his father’s deteriorating health, they were a poor family.
It was Davis’s great-uncle who suggested Christ’s Hospital and following his education at the School, he gained a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London.
Davis’s most recent involvement with Christ’s Hospital was just over ten years’ ago, when to celebrate the School’s 450th anniversary, he joined pupil musicians to conduct a musical extravaganza to mark this special occasion at the Barbican. Davis delighted in working both individually and in small groups with the pupils.
Andrew Cleary, Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital said: “Sir Colin Davis was a much respected and world-class musician.
“We are immensely proud that somebody who gave so much to music was a pupil here at Christ’s Hospital. Like so many Old Blues who have experienced a life-changing opportunity at the School, Colin Davis went on to inspire so many.
“We are honoured to be able to offer such a prestigious scholarship to inspire a young musician at the School and keep Sir Colin’s association with our School alive amongst our pupils.”
Christ’s Hospital’s scholarship programme recognises high achieving and outstanding individuals who excel in specific fields, for example, academic work, music, sport, art or drama and would benefit from financial assistance towards an outstanding educational opportunity. Scholarships are awarded to pupils who are entering the School at Years 7, 9 and Sixth Form.