Here is the latest news from the Academy, plus some new videos:

The Academy is delighted to be partnering with the digital sheet music library nkoda, providing our staff and students with access to over six million pages of music from more than 100 publishers. We are looking forward to seeing how nkoda enriches everyone’s #RAMplaysON performances.

We are thrilled that alumnus Sir Elton John has shared Academy student Robert Balanas’s violin arrangement of his hit song I’m Still Standing. Robert had been due to perform live for Elton at an Academy event last month, so Robert sent him a video instead which he liked so much that he shared it to his global fanbase. Thanks Elton!

Academy Fellow Emily Earl performed Bound by composer Luke Styles, one of the 200 Pieces written ahead of our Bicentenary in 2022. Luke describes Bound as "a fun and energetic solo with the potential to be exploded into a concerto." The 200 Pieces project sees new works written and performed to mark 200 years since the Academy’s foundation in 1822. With the buildings currently closed we are bringing some of our 200 Pieces online as virtual premieres. You can view a selection of these performances by visiting our Instagram TV channel.

The Kanneh-Mason family’s live steam last Friday was a tribute to George Floyd and the families and communities affected daily by racism and racist violence.

Student Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed a multi-part cello arrangement of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.

Student Eleanor Grant was joined by her family to perform this Beatles cover.

Musical Theatre alumna Charlie-Jade Jones sang All The Things You Are from Kern & Hammerstein’s Very Warm For May.

From our Junior Academy, Agatha Parkin performed an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne for violin and piano.

Last week, alumna Lucy Crowe performed a socially distanced recital at the Wigmore Hall which was broadcast live on Radio 3 and on social media. Lucy is a member of our governing body and frequently returns to the Academy to give masterclasses.