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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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College Win BBC Young Chorister of the Year
UPDATE - 29 April 2006: Radio 2 will be at the College on Tuesday 2nd May to record two episodes of ‘Sunday Half-Hour’. The programmes will include hymn arrangements with soaring descants by resident musicians, full school singing, the Choir, and full organ, brass and drums! The joyous sound of Framlingham College can be heard on BBC Radio 2 at 8.30pm on Sunday May 7th. (This broadcast will be available to be replayed on-line on the "BBC player" for about one week after the initial broadcast, i.e. approx 14th May). The second service will be broadcast on Sunday July 9th.

UPDATE - 16 April 2006: If you missed Laura's broadcast on Good Friday, BBC Radio 2 have an on-line recording but it may only be there a few days - click Read More below.

4 April 2006: College student, Laura Wright aged 15, won the coveted title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in November 2005. Laura received a trophy, a personal prize of £500 and a BBC Chorister's award of £1000 to the Framlingham College Choir.

Laura will also get the chance to appear on several BBC radio and TV productions. One of her first performances will be singing on BBC Radio 2 on Good Friday, 14 April, at 9pm. This is a performance of John Rutter's Requiem from St Paul's Cathedral, London (recorded Monday 3rd April). She will be performing with the St Paul's Cathedral Consort and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Archer (Organist & Director of Music at St Paul's). It should be a very fine performance and Laura has quite a major role in this work. You may find more information on the following websites:

Framlingham College;

BBC Website for Young Chorister of the Year.

Click Here to listen to Laura's prize-winning performance on the BBC Radio 2 website

Click Here to listen to Laura's broadcast on Good Friday on BBC Radio 2. Please note that BBC Radio 2 only keep these links for about 1-week, so it may not work after Friday 21st April. The recording starts at the end of the previous programme followed by the News; if you click the "Advance 5 minutes" button that brings you to the start of Laura's broadcast.

Laura sings in two movements – each movement is about 5 minutes long – and also in the two hymns that begin and end the broadcast. In between each movement is a reading either from St Mark’s account of the Passion (read by a very over-the-top Rosamund Pike, who apparently was a Bond girl) or a poem (read by some bloke from Holby City).

1. Requiem aeternam

2. Out of the deep

3. Pie Jesu with Laura Wright

4. Sanctus

5. Agnus Dei

6. The Lord is my shepherd

7. Lux aeterna with Laura Wright