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Myra Leung

BA Music with French (2012), St. John's Smith Square

Why did you choose Royal Holloway for your degree?

I was offered The International Excellence Scholarship by the university to read BA Music with French. Not only did the award provide financial help, it was also very encouraging to know that the University recognised and acknowledged my academic achievements. The course itself is one of the most diverse and flexible music degrees in the country. Moreover, it was very important for me to be involved with the London music scene but at the same time I had the option to stay on campus to focus on my studies.

How did your time at Royal Holloway help your future career?

Inmy first year, a friend and I started a lunchtime concert series and the Music department was always very supportive with student initiatives. (I now run a Thursday Lunchtime Concert Series featuring international musicians!) As part of the course, I also had to help out with the concert administration team and these opportunities provided some very valuable experiences and insights in terms of organising and running concerts to a high standard. The course covered a huge range of musical genres that enabled me to deal with the different types of concerts that I come across at work, from mediaeval specialist groups to living composers, without feeling out of my depth!

What do you do now and what advice would you give to anyone thinking about a career in your sector?

When I graduated, I was offered the role of Administrator and PA to Director at St John’s Smith Square, a renowned concert venue in the heart of Westminster where I worked part-time throughout my degree. I also volunteered at Cadogan Hall, Glyndebourne Opera and English National Opera during my undergraduate studies.

Having decided to take a career change, I am starting my Graduate Diploma in Law (also known as law conversion) in September 2014 and have already secured work experience with three law firms. My advice is to be open-minded and gain as much practical experience as possible in what ever sector that you are interested in.



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