Physics: Year 10 learn about waves and sound vibrations

How good is Luke Quartermaine at hitting an F on the first note playing his trumpet? He was aiming for 349.2Hz … take a look at the oscilloscope screen to see how he did! 
UnknownIn Physics, Year 10 have studied the topic of waves, including an understanding of the frequency of sound vibrations. The oscilloscope trace in yellow shows the shape of the waveform produced by Luke as he played the note.

This complex waveform is more than just an F, since it also has many harmonics at integer (whole number) multiples of the first harmonic. Look at the red trace at the bottom, which displays the frequency spectrum of the sound. You can see how the amplitudes of the harmonics compare with each other (the first eight show clearly as the eight peaks on the left).

Your inner ear has many tiny cells with hairs that vibrate in a fluid, each one responding to a different frequency, just like the red trace on the oscilloscope. The signals sent to the auditory cortex of your brain lead to a perception not of eight sounds, but of a single sound with the distinctive tonal characteristics of Luke’s trumpet playing! The many harmonics also change your perception of the sound, making it appear a lot louder than a simple sine wave of the same amplitude.

Other very different sounds were also analysed, with Vincent Lagos Colombel on the violin and Paddy Watt on drums!

Emily Heldreich joins the Famous Five Birds Band

Unknown-2Emily Heldreich has joined the Famous Five Birds Band and is one of only seven musicians picked by composer Nathan Williamson to play the music he is composing for the soundtrack of a new shadow puppet play being created by Nutmeg Puppet Company. 

Following rehearsals, the soundtrack will be recorded at a Suffolk recording studio and played at eight live Famous Five Birds Band events for children and families this August and September.

Good luck, Emily!

‘A fresh, bright evening’ – The College’s annual Summer Concert entertains audience at St Michael’s Church


A striking chord of G major began Haydn’s Symphony No.47, and thus began this year’s Summer Concert held on a fresh bright evening in the cool atmosphere of St Michael’s in Framlingham, where we played host to family and friends, parents and guests.

The Orchestra excelled itself in tackling a classical symphony, the first they have played in a decade, marking John Hutchings’s final concert with them. Helen Orsler’s String Ensemble gave life to the last movement of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, and Charmaine Cooper’s Wind Ensemble delighted with Gershwin.

There were a few reflective moments too: the String Quartet in neo-classical form, Henrike Haltern in Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major, John Southworth playing Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C sharp minor with deep musicality, and Charlotte Gower lifting our hearts with Novello. The Choir concluded with items from their recent tour to Prague, finishing with upbeat numbers from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

Click here to view the event in pictures.

Summer Concert at St Michael’s Church, Framlingham – Tomorrow 7pm

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A reminder that we have the Summer Concert tomorrow in St. Michael’s Church at 7pm. The concert is free to attend, although donations for the chosen College charity (Young Minds) and St. Michael’s Church are welcome at the end of the Concert. The concert should last between an hour and an hour and a twenty.

You do not need to book! Please come along for what promises to be a lovely concert featuring the Choir, Orchestra, String Orchestra as well as smaller ensembles and some solos.

Refreshments will be also served after the concert.

Framlingham College Choir Tour: Prague 2013


The Choir toured to Prague in February half term and took with it 40 students, 8 staff, and a versatile and interesting programme for the Czech public to enjoy.

SONY DSCThe tour started with a Mass at St. Vitus Cathedral and upon arriving at the impressive building, we were told that we were the first British Choir to be allowed to sing Mass at the Cathedral in nearly 2 years; some accolade! We sung 4 anthems appropriate to Mass and the Choir sang beautifully in freezing conditions to a very appreciative and respectful congregation. At the end of the service, we were allowed to perform a 15 minute recital and it was noted that many of those who enjoyed the service and stayed afterwards, were Tourists who had travelled across Prague to be a part of the service and hear the Choir.

SONY DSCAfter the service, we were treated to a guided tour through the beautiful city and allowed to enjoy some local goulash as well – highly recommended in the cold conditions!

Next day, we travelled to Pisek (a small town an hour and a half away) where we performed in Trinity Church. We were delighted to be joined by former student Christina Johnston who currently sings with the National Theatre and Prague State Opera. She sang Eternal Source of Light Divine with the Director of Music Tim Rhodes accompanying on Baraque Trumpet and tour accompanist Geoff Lavery playing the organ continuo. She then sang Mozart’s Laudate Dominum with the choir accompanying her. It was a real treat for both Students and audience that Christina was able to give of her time to come and sing with the College Choir. The Choir sang superbly and we returned to our hotel delighted with our efforts so far.


The final concert was at the Chapel Korunni in Prague, and an audience of 250 packed the church to listen to a repeat of the previous night’s programme. This included the entire Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten who we are celebrating the centenary of his birth this year. Accompanied beautifully by our visiting harp teacher Helen Sharp, the choir performed magnificently and the audience were generous in applause and feedback afterwards.


After the concert, we were treated to a local folk evening with dancing and music in the local Brewery. The food and refreshment was fantastic, and everyone spent the evening reminiscing about the concerts and experiences enjoyed whilst on the tour.

The Choir returned to the UK after a tough, tiring, but thoroughly cultural, memorable and successful tour; the first of its kind in years.


My thanks to the staff and students for making it a tour to remember! Here’s to the next one!

Mr Tim Rhodes, Director of Music

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.