In December 2022 we launched 200 PIECES, a collection of new works for solo instrument or voice by many of the world’s leading composers.

A significant part of our Bicentenary celebrations and a testament to the Academy’s commitment to the future of music, 200 PIECES represents several years of planning, programming and performing.

‘200 PIECES offers a magnificent new oeuvre for performers to mine for the future - typical of the enterprising musicians and enablers we have in this building.'
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

All 34 principal-study instruments taught at the Academy are represented in the collection, as well as less well-known instruments including euphonium, bass drum, bass viol, and pieces that employ the use of electronics.

More than 80 of the composers who contributed to the project are Academy alumni, and a further eight are current students.

Philip Cashian, Head of Composition at the Academy, introduces the 200 PIECES project