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


Laura Wright Appointed Official Singer for English Rugby

Laura Wright (M 02-08) finds herself in the regional and national press quite often, with coverage of her developing musical career and the various charitable initiatives that she’s developed alongside this. It’s been some time, perhaps as a result of that coverage elsewhere, since the Old Framlinghamian website carried a news item about her - but her latest appointment, as Official Anthem Singer for the England rugby squad is surely worth a mention.

The Rugby Football Union announced, on 21st November, that Laura was to be their first-ever official anthem singer. This was prompted, in part, by their observation that Laura has performed for the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012, and has shown, at both Wembley Stadium and Twickenham, that she can hold a crowd of 80,000 sports fans in the palm of her hand.
You can click to see the East Anglian Daily Times article about Laura’s appointment, and there’s a good interview report, presently available by clicking here, in a recent issue of London’s Metro newspaper.

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Anthony Mudge (S87-92) has his work performed in London
Anthony Mudge (S87-92) had his setting of O magnum mysterium performed at a concert by Chapelle du Roi at St John's, Smith Square, London at 7:30pm on 7th December, in a programme contrasting Renaissance settings of Christmas texts with contemporary ones. The first recording of Anthony's version was included on Classic FM's Christmas CD of the Year (2011).

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Olivia Castle (M2006-11) performing in Southwold
Soprano Olivia Castle (M2006-11), will be performing in Southwold this Saturday, 8th December at St Edmund's Church. The Christmas Caberet Extravanganza starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12, including interval refreshments. Olivia is currently studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University London.

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Sir James Paice and Farmers Club OFs at House of Lords
James Ruddock-Broyd (G46-52) reports as follows:

“On the 20th November, The Farmers Club held a lunch in the House of Lords for senior members of the Club and special guests. The lunch was graciously sponsored by Lord Montrose, and the guest speaker was The Right Honourable John Selwyn Gummer, Lord Deben, who spoke on the European Union and the forecast for food and farming worldwide, following adverse weather conditions across the world, but particularly in the UK and the United States.

Lord Plumb of Coleshill (Henry Plumb), on behalf of Paul Heygate, Chairman of The Farmers Club, then presented The Farmers Club Cup of the Year to Sir James Paice (G60-66) for his work as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food. Sir James had, as reported elsewhere, been recently knighted on stepping down from office in September."

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Sir Alfred Munnings: London Exhibition

Sir Alfred MunningsAn exhibition "Sir Alfred Munnings: An Artist’s Life" is at the Richard Green Gallery (www.richard-green.com) 147 New Bond Street, London W1 until Friday 14 December. Sir Alfred (1891-1892) followed Stubbs as the most prominent painter of horses of his generation and was President of the Royal Academy 1944-49. You can read the full Distinguished piece on Munnings by clicking here .

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College Art Department News
Old Framlinghamian Gallery

Caroline Mallett reports:

"Two paintings by former student, Yuri Higashikokubaru (M2008-12), have been on display at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral over half term, in an exhibition of A-Level work by students in East Anglian schools, sponsored by NADFAS Young Artists award. Yuri will receive a cheque in recognition of her achievements.

Following a chance encounter in a London gallery on the last weekend of half term with OFs, Yoshiko Marutani (M2000-04) and Yohei Horiuchi (S1999-2003) both of whom are studying and working now in arts related areas. It was good to hear about a number of students who had left the College over a decade ago. It is now some years since a note went into the Yearbook requesting news of creative OFs, and so it seems timely to repeat it. I am keen to hear from other former students working as artists, designers, architects, photographers or indeed in any area of the creative arts, because in 2015 we would like to feature something of their work, here at the College. I can be contacted at cemallett@framcollege.co.uk."

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Christina Excels in International Mozart Competition

Further Update : She has now been chosen to also play the part of Adele in Die Fledermaus at The State Opera from January to March 2013. She has lots to learn now as she is also playing the part of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for another Opera Company in Germany!

Update : Christina tells us that she will be debuting as Queen of the Night in Prague on 22 December 2012 and she then starts a tour around Germany from 26 December through to 3rd January 2013.

ORIGINAL: Christina Johnston-Myachin (V 01-06), whose stage name is Christina Myachina, took part in the 2012 International Mozart Singing Competition held in Prague this August. Mozart had a strong connection with Prague, and many of his compositions were written there.

She got through two preliminary rounds into the final, which was held at the Estates Theatre in Prague, where the judges were directors and conductors from various Opera houses around Europe, and the head conductor from The National Theatre, Prague, who conducted the orchestra in the final.

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Overseas Bags - Two for the price of one!

Chris Shaw & Mike Garnett in Cairns - cropped
Chris Essex (K69-75) writes: With the deadline for the 2012 Yearbook now passed I have belatedly got round to publishing the full versions of the Overseas Bags for both Spring 2012 and Autumn 2012 in the People section. My sincere apologies to all contributors.

As always it’s been great to get so much correspondence from OFs overseas - in total around 35 pages! Space considerations will always mean that both the Newsletter and Yearbook can only contain a very edited version of this news, so I strongly encourage you to read in full about your former contemporaries.

As well as hearing from my regular corresponders, I’m always particularly delighted to hear from any overseas OFs for the first time. So why not get in touch with me and tell your contemporaries what you’ve been up to.  Email Chris Essex

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Recent Appointment/Honours for OFs

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Sir Jeremy Sullivan (R59-63) or to give him his correct title Lord Justice Sullivan, has been appointed Senior President of Tribunals. Read his updated distinguished article here.
Brian Potter (R55-58) (pictured) was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2012. Read his updated distinguished article here.
James Paice (G60-66) was awarded a knighthood when he stepped down as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food in September 2012. Read his updated distinguished article here.

Last but not least, our very own website wizard Tim Mitchell (R67-77) was on the TV coverage of the Olympic/Paralympic parade through London in September 2012. As a Westminster Councillor Tim was the Lord Mayor of Westminster’s Escort as she officially greeted the athletes when they entered the City of Westminster at Temple Bar.

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OF artist Bruce Pearson to have major exhibition in London

Bruce Pearson - picture painting
Bruce Pearson (G62-67) is to have a major exhibition entitled “Troubled Waters – Trailing the Albatross, An Artist’s Journey”. The exhibition will take place at Art Galleries Europe, 18 Maddox Street, London from 26 November to 1 December 2012. Doors are open each day from 10am till 5pm.

Click here to see more details and explore Bruce’s website.

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