Melissa Ong, RCM student from Singapore.
The RCM is an exceptional place to study. It is recognised as a world-class centre for both performance and research. It is an institution that I trust implicitly to nurture my musical development by encouraging me to work across theory and practice.
The RCM is home to a wide range of current and important research. I particularly enjoy the regular seminar series Music and Ideas, and performing in the pioneering performance simulator.
I have been involved in the Evolve Scheme, run in conjunction with the English National Opera, which gave me the profoundly inspiring experience of performing alongside some of the world’s leading orchestral players. I was also able to hone my leadership skills as principal cellist of RCM orchestras.
I valued the opportunity to undertake studies on Baroque cello, and to expand my horizons by performing with RCM’s contemporary consort, Consort 21. My studies in this field have completely altered the way I listen to music.
I have also been involved with RCM Sparks, which is the RCM’s fantastic learning and participation programme. I have conducted and led workshops for the BBC Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus. Such engagement with the general public is something I care about deeply. Helping others find the same joy that I find in music is a wonderfully rewarding experience.
What I appreciate most however, is the healthy network of support among RCM staff and my peers. The diversity of the RCM will allow you to pursue whatever interests you have with the support you need.