While working in London, lunch-time concerts at St Martin’s got Anthonia Hui hooked on the performing arts. She would go on to buy tickets to as many shows as she could, be it ballets or musicals. “It enriched me. I became a calmer person, because my life was no longer just about my career. I found a different dimension,” says Hui, co-founder and CEO of AL Wealth Partners, a fund management firm.
To help it thrive in Singapore, the 60-year-old today supports local theatre organisations Pangdemonium, Intercultural Theatre Institute and Wild Rice. Besides monetary donations, she introduces high-net-worth individuals – whom she meets during the course of her work – to the arts. “When Wild Rice staged Grandmother Tongue, a show exploring the Teochew dialect, I brought some of my clients who are Teochew themselves and they were so excited during the show. Theatre is so impactful as you get drawn into the scene.”
She describes her role as that of a “therapist” who helps to mediate between arts groups and the Government. “If any of them need financial or corporate support, I will link them to the relevant people. But the important thing is to have continued dialogue,” says Hui, who has been named the National Arts Council’s Patron of the Arts for three years running.
In bolstering the performing arts, Hui sees a larger social good. The arts, she says, has the power to “not only entertain, but also enrich the soul of an affluent society”.