Angela Wai- Nok Hui
/ percussionist and multidisciplinary artist based in London and Hong Kong, graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016 (MMus) with distinction as a classically trained percussionist and timpanist.
She has collaborated with lots of new music and contemporary classical ensembles in London. Angela loves being in the creative process and experimenting with different art forms. This predilection makes her more determined to continue forging her own narrative platform in order to support her wild imagination. She is always in search of different media, in which she can represent herself more fully. She has started to create her own work, which often engages with political references, identity-related issues all of which are placed directly within the strange and beautiful sound world that surrounds us all.
Classically trained orchestral percussionist. And now she is seeking different medium to express herself. Exploring and expanding the possibility in live performance, music and sound art. She is dedicated to researching and promoting new music.
Angela performs as a chamber musician and soloist. Composing and sound-designing is her new hobby. She is currently working on her solo recital/ exhibition which will premiere in Hong Kong and London. There will be pieces which Angela commissioned from composers whom she works closely with. This project is kindly supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the UK Arts Council.
She works closely with Tim Cape, Gregory Emfietzis, Alex Ho, Lucy Landymore, Angus Lee and Nicholas Moroz. Other amazing international composers such as: Patricia Alessandrini, Lucy Callen, Frank Denyer, Farzia Fallah, Daniel Fígols, Charlotte Harding, Zhuosheng Jin, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Jessie Marino, Scott Mc Laughlin, Alex Mills, Nemanja Radivojevic, Trond Reinholdtsen, Elnaz Seyedi, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Mátyás Wettl, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Raymond Yiu and more.
In 2018 summer, Angela and Yi- Ling Wo's creation, ManiMani has held a 3-days residency at the Hundred Years Gallery; for the same project they have been invited to headline at the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music 2018 Belfast. Yi- Ling afterwards has commissioned Angela to write her a piece of music which featured in ‘No Blue Thing’, premiered in Goldsmiths.
Angela is heavily involved in the contemporary classical scene in London. She has worked with many ensembles and composers, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Metapraxis Ensemble, Abstruckt Percussion Quartet, Tangram Collective, Octandre Ensemble, Explore Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, Plus Minus Ensemble, etc.
In 2020 January, Angela Wai Nok collaborated with Ghost and John, a Hong Kong Multidisciplinary Art Duo, premiered their work ‘Skirmishes’ at Resolution/ The Place which was supported by the Art Council; where Angela composed the music for the show. Prior to Skirmishes, she has been invited to perform in a cross art event ‘Be Water’, curated by Young Blood Initiative. Where she has composed her first piece – ‘A very calm chord’. These two performances have led to another combined art performance with a theatre company - Papergang, directed by Kim Pearce, produced by Clarissa Widye, at the Vault Festival. Freedom-Hi explores the chaotic and fractured nature of the fight for freedom in Hong Kong and it has won the show of the week award at Vault.
Angela graduated from the Royal College of Music in BMus(Hons) and with distinction in Master of Music in performance. Angela was awarded the Joy Hockings Percussion Prize 2016. She was one of the percussion finalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010.
Angela Wai Nok has participated in many international contemporary festivals such as, Plug Festival 2020 / Royal Conservatoire of Scottish (Glasgow), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast), the percussion studio at Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik 2018 (Germany), Linea Ensemble Summer Academy for contemporary music 2018 (France), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018/19, Impuls - the international ensemble and composers academy for Contemporary music (Austria), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy) and Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland).
A good read about Angela here:
Rice on a glockenspiel: an odyssey into new percussion with Angela Wai-Nok Hui
by Fiona Thompson