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This week we hosted another of our #200Pieces performances online as a virtual premiere. Student Jack Thomas performed a new work for the drums entitled 200 Eighths, written by his father and Academy Honorary Associate John Ashton Thomas. Written to mark our Bicentenary in 2022, John’s piece is fittingly exactly 200 eighth notes long.

Acclaimed cellist and Academy student Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been featured in the New York Times, you can read the article here. You can catch the latest livestream from the Kanneh-Mason family home below.

Last week Academy students participated in the digital Urdd Eisteddfod in the instrumental 19-25 category.

First place was awarded to harp student Aisha Palmer.

Aisha Palmer – Caerffili / Rh. Gwent

Aisha Palmer – Caerffili / Rh. Gwent

Second place went to Harry Lovell-Jones for his vibraphone performance.

Harry Lovell-Jones – Adran Llundain / Rh. Tu allan i Gymru

Harry Lovell-Jones – Adran Llundain / Rh. Tu allan i Gymru

In third was double bass student Elen Mai Roberts. Congratulations to all.

Elen Mai Roberts – Rhiwbeina / Rh. Caerdydd a'r Fro

Elen Mai Roberts – Rhiwbeina / Rh. Caerdydd a'r Fro

Connaught Brass, formed of several Academy students, have performed an arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow which you can find on their Facebook page.