Violinist based in Cardiff studying at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Lesley Hatfield. Very happy to travel!
Dayna Townsend began playing the violin at the age of 8, achieving a distinction in her grade 8 by the age of 14. She later also received a distinction in the ABRSM's performance diploma. Alongside violin she learnt the piano, achieving her grade 8 at the age of 15. As a young musician she benefited from a wide range of leadership experiences, leading the Worcester Youth Orchestra and Worcester Youth String Orchestra and she was also a member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and later the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where she was selected as a 'string leader' for any outreach projects that were undertaken. She received additional leadership training as a part of this role in order to help strengthen the string section along with the principal and other string leaders. Before attending university, Dayna frequently participated in both the Worcester and Cheltenham competitive arts festivals where she has won a number of classes, including the Music 47, Concerto and Recital Prizes, and in 2014 was selected to take part in the Hereford Male Police Choir bursary competition which she went on to win. After receiving offers to study at both the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2014, Dayna is now studying for her BMus(Hons) degree in violin performance under Lesley Hatfield at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded an annual scholarship. Since beginning her degree she has enjoyed and greatly benefited from masterclasses from Itzhak Rashkovsky, Daniel Phillips, Ben Baker and Pablo Hernan Benedi and in orchestral projects she has been lucky enough to work with Maggie Faultless and Henning Kraggerud and recently, Dayna has also begun taking baroque violin lessons with Rachel Podger. Dayna is also a part of the Rosea String Quartet, formed in 2014 and made up of musicians from the college, who have received masterclasses from the London Haydn Quartet, Allegri Quartet and the Emerson Quartet and have played at a number of weddings and functions, recently recording for BBC's The One Show. Dayna has a wide and enriched experience in ensemble playing. In addition to the orchestras already mentioned, Dayna also played in the CBSO youth orchestra for a number of years and has also also played in a wide variety of ensembles at her music college since beginning her studies. These include the college's baroque, chamber, symphony and opera orchestras and Dayna was also selected to play in the Royal Welsh String Soloists for the second year running, showcasing some of the best string students at the college. Recently Dayna also had the pleasure to play side by side with the Welsh National Opera for their youth production of the opera Kommilitonen! by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at Barry Memo Arts Centre and has also recently been selected to take part in their side by side string scheme and selected for a placement with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She also has experience of playing in the pit orchestras for musicals, including Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. Alongside her main studies Dayna also enjoys interacting and working with the composers at the college and has been featured on a number of their recordings playing contemporary works, some of which are included in the media section of this profile.
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