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Nottingham element: Sheku Kanneh Mason

20-year-old Sheku Kanneh Mason is a British cellist who grew up in Nottingham, and is a former student of Trinity School.

He was crowned BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, and was also the subject of the BBC4 documentary Young, Gifted and Classical: The Making of a Maestro.

He performed at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As the couple signed the register, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Sheku stole the show in many eyes, performing Maria Theresia von Paradis’ Sicilienne, Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria and Gabriel Faure’s Apres un Reve. A combined audience of 11.5 million people watched Harry and Meghan tie the knot in May 2018.


Scientific element: Selenium

Selenium gets its name from the Greek word ‘selene’ which means moon. Selene was the Greek goddess of the moon.

It is a non-metal, and although uncommonly found, it does exist in relatively pure form, free in nature.

Brazil nuts are high in selenium. A single nut provides enough selenium to meet the daily requirement for a human adult.

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