In the Press: OF Laura Wright in England Rugby Role





From the Telegraph before Saturday’s fixture

Soprano Laura Wright will be playing a leading role in England rugby after being named the first ever official anthem singer.

Laura, a student at the Royal College of Music, will perform the English national anthem ahead of the international matches against South Africa and New Zealand, as well as all of the home games in the 6 Nations tournament next year.

Discussing her new role, Wright, 22, said it was a dream come true.

“It’s a huge honour to have been asked to be England’s official anthem singer,” she said.

“The atmosphere at Twickenham when the team run out in front of a packed crowd of 82,000 is unlike anywhere else and I’m privileged to be able to perform for the players and the supporters. I’m a passionate sports fan and have recently taken up rugby at Rosslyn Park, so I might be able to pick up a few tips!”

This latest success comes at the end of a busy year for Wright, who has sung before the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012. She was also the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium, performed at the Dancing on Ice Final and recorded the Diamond Jubilee songStronger as One, which was mentioned by the Queen during her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey.

An insight into Ambridge: Andrew Wincott

Upcoming FramSoc Event: Wednesday, 28th November
Fram Theatre at Framlingham College – 7.30pm

Andrew Wincott will be better known to many of you as Adam Macy of The Archers and he will be chatting informally to College Drama teacher, Hugh Edwards, and taking questions from the audience about his life as a member of the Ambridge community as well as his work as an actor in theatre, film and radio.

His theatre roles include Rochester in Jane Eyre, Alec in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Vronsky inAnna Karenina and the Actor in Woman in Black. He has also played a number of Shakespeare’s mavericks such as Malvolio, Jaques and Mercutio. In addition to being a member of The Archers’ cast, Andrew has performed in countless radio dramas including the award winning Clare in the Community, also for Radio 4, and he has recorded over fifty audio books. If you are an avid fan of the radio, you might wish to close your eyes and just listen to Andrew.

The evening will finish with a flourish – an outrageous musical number from Framlingham College’s Autumn production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

FramSoc Members: FREE   |   FramSoc Non-Members: £5.00
Contact Amanda Taylor on if you would like to attend.

If you would like to find out more about FramSoc, please visit

History Society

On the evening of Thursday, 15th November, the History Society met for a session where students from Year 13 offered presentations related to the Historical Enquiries they are preparing as part of their A level course.

Flavia Munteanu and Charlotte Gower gave characteristically idiosyncratic performances on sixteenth-century Spain, while James Green and Matthew Warren demonstrated contrasting styles on topics from twentieth-century German history.

The experience was clearly valuable for them as well as for an appreciative audience.

Well done to those involved.

Music visit to Cambridge

On Wednesday evening eleven Year 12 Music and Music Technology students attended a stunning concert in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.

In an all-Bach concert, The Choir of King’s College joined with baroque specialists The Academy of Ancient Music and the countertenor Andreas Scholl, one of the greatest vocal talents of our time. Our Music students study Bach as part of their course, and the Music Tech students had the opportunity to experience the complications of recording musicians in such a generous acoustic.

Our thanks to the Academy of Ancient Music who were very enthusiastic in encouraging our students at this sell-out and highly sought-after event.

Rugby: Northampton Saints Selection

On Friday, 2nd November, Toby Trinder, Ollie Darwell-Taylor and Luke Quartermaine represented Northampton Saints U15s against Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens. All the boys performed extremely well and this is the highest level of rugby that boys can play at this age.

On Sunday, 4th November, Rob Goldsmith played for Eastern Counties Under 16s against Middlesex and the side narrowly lost the game 21-19.

Northampton Saints Festival

A squad of 21 Under 14 rugby players were twice denied victory by the narrowest of margins as they competed in the Northampton Saints rugby Festival on Saturday. The festival provided the opportunity to play against club sides from Cambridge, Oundle and Banbury as a curtain raiser to the LV= Cup match between the Saints and Harlequins. It was then time to swap rugby boots for dancing shoes as the players returned for the Junior Disco and a well earned rest!