Angela Wai-Nok Hui, RCM student from Hong Kong.
I grew up in a non-musical family in Hong Kong, so I had never imagined studying at a music college in London – a city where the most vibrant, exciting music takes place every night. On the day of my RCM audition I walked through the gorgeous Hyde Park and around the Royal Albert Hall on my way to the College. The moment I saw the beautiful building in front of me I fell in love.
I am a percussion student and the percussion faculty is just like my family in the UK. We learn together and we play together. The faculty has such a wide range of teachers. They give lessons on orchestral percussion, timpani, Latin percussion, drum kit, marimba and jazz vibraphone. We have so many lessons, repertoire classes, master classes, ensemble work, duo training and of course our own practice time. The faculty just keeps pushing and encouraging us to be better musicians. The department itself also keeps on improving. We are fortunate to have a brand new percussion suite with state-of-the-art facilities.
The RCM offers huge opportunities for every student. Two highlights of my RCM life have been working with conductor Bernard Haitink, playing Mahler Symphony no 7 and Bruckner Symphony no 8, and playing Steve Reich’s Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos while Reich was at the RCM for a residency.
I think RCM has really made me a better musician and also a better person. The RCM has helped me to grow a lot. I am very glad that I decided to study here on audition day. It was the best decision I have ever made.