Angela Wai Nok Hui is a percussionist and performer dedicated to researching and promoting new music. Angela searches for the unexplored possibilities between classical music, musical theatre and art, and collaborates with composers, artists, poets and painters, incorporating a multitude of instruments and styles.
Angela has 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 finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010. She had performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra through the Pathway Scheme. She was also enrolled to the sit-in scheme of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Angela is honoured to have performed under the baton of Bernard Haitink. She has worked with the Creative Futures and the RCM Sparks by leading workshops, and with the BBC Symphony Family Orchestra.
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. Angela is heavily involved in the contemporary classical scene in London since the collaboration with Yi- Ling. She has worked with many ensembles and composers, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, co- director of Metapraxis Ensemble, Abstruckt Percussion Quartet, Tangram Ensemble, Octandre Ensemble, Explore Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, Plus Minus Ensemble, etc.
Angela has worked with a lot of composers. 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, Jasmine 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 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 Wai Nok has participated in many international contemporary festivals such as, editions of 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) and Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland).
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Text by Fiona Thompson
Rice on a glockenspiel: an odyssey into new percussion with Angela Wai-Nok Hui