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Since 2006 the Link has facilitated the Dr Elman Poole Music Fellowship, which every year sends a talented young New Zealand musician to play and study at the prestigious Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra. Dr Elman Poole was an Otago University medical graduate, who moved to the UK in 1953 for postgraduate study at Lincoln College, Oxford. After holding posts in London and the United States, he moved back to Oxford in 1962, where he would set up the Clinical Neurophysiology department and lectured in Neurology until his retirement in 1990. On his death in 2019, Dr Poole bequeathed two significant endowments to the Link Foundation. The first continued his support for the Sinfonia Fellowship, with the second prescribed for educational and vocational fellowships for NZ students to travel to the UK in the fields of agriculture and horticulture, with an emphasis on forestry, climate conservation and the environment.
The Link was proud to collaborate with SBS and several universities Dr Poole supported to host a memorial concert at Lincoln College, Oxford in April 2023. The event, in which a number of current and past music scholars performed, was a touching tribute to a man who made significant contributions to medicine, music and NZ-UK relations. The concert’s programme, which includes a fuller description of his life and work, is linked here.
The NZUK Link supported the building of the Weta War Memorial in Wellington by WETA workshop to commemorate those allies from New Zealand and the UK who lost their lives in conflicts world-wide. The funds were largely raised in the UK by the Link Foundation Chairman and Trustees. Located in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, the five metre tall memorial was unveiled in July 2017 by the then British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, attended by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, the British High Commissioner, Jonathan Sinclair, military personnel and others.
Prior to the Pandemic, the Link also supported other artistic endeavours for New Zealanders who wished to come to the UK.
Dr Elman Poole Music Fellows
Other Arts Alumni
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