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Distinguished OFs

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JOHN FOREMAN (1867) - born in 1854, he was a great traveller and linguist. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Author of “History of the Philippine Islands”, where he lived for 12 years. He was also a member of the Philippine Delegation attending the commission for the Peace Treaty in Paris in 1898, after the end of the Spanish-American War. He qualified as a barrister in 1910 and died in 1937 at the age of 83.

CHARLES CHILLEY (1869-72) - born in 1856, he was a professional vocalist; one of the Meister Glee Singers. Sir Henry Wood (of Proms fame) wrote of the Meister Glee Singers in his book “My Life of Music (1938)” that “up to this time (1899) no vocal quartet had achieved anything approaching their success, probably because they rehearsed for a whole year before making an appearance in public •. it was not that their voices were so good, but that their diction and ensemble were perfect.”

SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS KCVO PRA (1891-92) – celebrated painter and President of the Royal Academy

ANTHONY RAINE BARKER (1896-98) – was a prolific and highly-regarded water-colourist, printmaker and illustrator. He became a painter in the traditional school of English watercolour as well as an engraver, lithographer and etcher. His most prolific period was between 1907 and 1927.

CAPTAIN CUTHBERT JULIAN ORDE (1902-07) - briefly worked at Barclays Bank, Ipswich before marrying Lady Eileen Wellesley, daughter of 4th Duke of Wellington. Had exhibition of his paintings at Alpine Club Gallery in 1925, showing portraits of Lord Oxford and Asquith, Lady Eileen Orde, Lady Cynthia Asquith and others, including a self-portrait. A bronze head of him by Cecil de B Howard was also exhibited. He rose to Captain during WW1 in Royal Army Services Corps.

PETER ROLAND UPCHER (1904-07) – actor and lecturer who appeared in a number of films in the 1920s.

ALEC JOHN FORREST (K23-26) - journalist and author who was a special correspondent at the Nuremburg trials in 1946. He has written 5 books – see Book Section for details.

RUSSELL ALFRED ERNEST WATSON (S24-29) – he was a member of Reuters before the war and joined the South China Sunday Post in Hong Kong in 1945 and was editor for 17 years until 1967. He lost his job when he allegedly failed to exercise proper discretion in printing a headline during the 1967 confrontation. He served with the Hong Kong volunteers during WW2 and was shot and captured by the Japanese and served 3 months as POW in Hong Kong, before being shipped to Japan where he was a POW for 3 years. He died in Christmas 1974.

STANLEY FRANK DANCE (K25-28) – wrote about jazz music for longer than anyone else and met all the great names in jazz like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Won a Grammy award in 1963.

DOUGLAS BROWN (27-31)- was the BBC’s first religious affairs correspondent.

IAN DENYS PEEK (R35-38) – after leaving the College, he returned to Singapore, where at the age of 20 he and his brother Lewis Ronald “Ron” Peek (R34-38), were taken prisoner in the fall of Singapore in 1942. They were sent to work on the infamous Burma-Thailand Railway. In 2005 he published a book entitled “One Fourteenth of an Elephant - A memoir of life and death on the Burma-Thailand Railway”. After the war he returned to the Far East where he worked as a harbour master, before moving to Australia in the 1960s.

ARTHUR ROWLAND STANIFORTH (S31-39) – he has written a number of books and his most recent includes reflections on his time at the College. After agricultural college and army service he returned to work for MAFF, OEEC and UNESCO.

ANTHONY MATTHEW COOPER (R35-39) – has written and published a book titled “Somehow They Knew: A True Love-Story”, set in WW2 and mentions a couple of times General Sir Pat Howard-Dobson. In 1994 published a book on the experiences of his father in the Great War, titled “We Who Knew”.

BRIAN ALDISS OBE (36-39)- award winning science fiction writer as well as writer of some poetry and non- fiction. Voted “World's Best Contemporary Writer of Science Fiction" in 1970 and was awarded the OBE in 2005. He appeared on Desert Island Disks on Sunday 28 February 2007 at 11.15am. He died on 18 August 2017, his 92nd birthday

IVOR NOEL HUME OBE (36-39) – was one of America’s most distinguished archaeologists and was awarded the OBE in 1992 “for services to British cultural interests in Williamsburg, Virginia.” An obituary in The Times  described him as "Wilfully eccentric British archaeologist renowned for his work on excavating America’s early colonial history"

PAUL GRIFFIN MBE (G35-40) – he was head prefect at the College at the time of the evacuation to Repton. He went into teaching and held a number of posts both here in the UK and as Principal of the English School in Nicosia, Cyprus. His time in Cyprus coincided with the worst of the terrorist campaign and he was awarded the MBE for services to Cyprus education in 1961. He also won numerous awards for his potery and writing, including the Seatonian Prize for Religious Poetry in 2001, 2007 and lastly in 2010 at the age of 88.

PERCIVAL “STUART” BRYCE ROSSITER (G36-41) – he became Editor of the Blue Guides and was a freelance writer of travel books, of which his one on Greece was particularly well received and led to his being elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1975 he became Editor of the London Philatelist and in 1977, President of the Society of Postal Historians and for a while he was Editor of its journal Postscript. He died at the young age of 59 in 1982 and both he and his mother, left all their estate to the Stuart Rossiter Trust, which is a lasting memorial to him. He was also involved in the production of the 1968 Register.

IAN BRACKENBURY CHANNELL QSM (42-45) aka The Archwizard of New Zealand – a most unusual OF who should probably have a category of his own! In October 1990 he had the unique honour of being appointed the first Wizard of New Zealand by the then Prime Minister of New Zealand The Right Honourable Mike Moore. In 2009 he was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and in 2015 was promoted to Archwizard.

BRYAN PEARSON (S45-47) – he has had a hugely varied career, both here and abroad. For a number of years he was an actor both in the UK and in America and during that time met and acted with the likes of Dirk Bogarde and Leslie Phillips. See attached for his detailed life story that was published a few years ago in a number of instalments in the Overseas Bag.

ALASDAIR EOIN ASTON (G41-48) – after attending Pembroke College, Cambridge has become a prize-winning poet. He is one of an illustrious line of poets to go to Pembroke College, including Spenser, Grey, Smart and Ted Hughes. He is an 8 times winner of the Seatonian Prize and has strong links with Suffolk natural history. He died on 17 July 2010 aged 80.

BRYAN IVORY (K48-52) – he emigrated to Canada shortly after leaving the College and then later to America. He was a Quantity Surveyor by trade. However, his passion was modelling, initially model railways, before becoming fascinated with modelling historical miniature figures and ships. See link for pictures of some of his wonderful work.

PROFESSOR GERALD MILLS HENDRIE (K49-52) –Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). In 1969 he was appointed Reader in Music at the Open University and a couple of years later became founding Professor of Music, a position he held until his retirement from the university in 1990. Some thirty of his compositions are published and he continues to performed widely in England and abroad as organist and harpsichordist.

WILLIAM GREENFIELD LACK (K58-63) – he was very well known in ecclesiastical circles as the one and only conservator of monumental brasses in the UK for more than 40 years.

BRUCE PEARSON (G62-67) – for over 30 years he has been an ecologist, film maker, writer and artist. After leaving the College he went to Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, followed by Leicester Polytechnic. He then got a job as a Production Assistant in the RSPB Film Unit, before joining the British Antarctic Survey in 1975 as a Biological Assistant. Since 1977 he has been self-employed. He was Wildlife Illustrator of the Year in 1983 and Bird Illustrator of the Year in 1984. He was elected President of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1994, serving 10 years. He has also been Visiting Lecturer at the RCA.

NIGEL FREDERICK PARSONS (R64-68) – prior to retiring he was CEO of TVC News in Nigeria, having previously been founding Managing Director of TV station Al Jazeera International, which broadcasts a global English language service. His previous experience spans 30 years in the media business gained from his roles at BBC Radios 1-4, BBC World Service Radio and WTN (Worldwide Television News). Following retirement he has written a book entitled "Manouche - Living with the Gypsies of France" which was published in August 2019.

CHRIS HALL (G62-69) – he qualified as an accountant and spent many years as a tax specialist at Grant Thornton in Hong Kong before more recently moving to become Head of Tax at Equity Trust, still based in Hong Kong. However, he is far more distinguished as a famous collector of Chinese textiles and his collection is considered the foremost private collection of its kind in the world. He has recently received the Heritage Award from the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore.

JOHN RIXON (S65-70) aka Amukidi – by day he was a busy VJ, creating visuals for a variety of live acts and DJs, but in the early hours he would pick the music too - to create a singular space of sound and light combined.

ANDREW CHARLES VERGETTE MCCONNELL (R66-71) – he began buying and selling antiques when he was 14 and is now a leading authority on glassware of all types & his books have covered the subject from ancient to modern. He was the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow for which he has now recorded 15 series. 

BARRY PURVES (R68-73) – an award winning animator, director and writer. He has directed and animated some 70 commercials, title sequences, animation inserts for films and pop promos. His 6 films have won over 60 international awards.

LESTER MILBANK (S68-73) – after Bristol University he joined the BBC as a Radio Presenter/Producer working for ten local radio stations, and Radios 4 and 5. In 1993 he won the coveted Sony Gold Documentary of the Year. He is particularly known for the sensitivity of his observational documentary work. In 1991 he set up Cambridge Film and TV Productions (CFTP).

TERRY HUNT (K68-75) – has been Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times for over 10 years.

PETER RODULFO (70-75)- is a renowned artist who has exhibited his work all over the world, including Europe, USA, Hong Kong, South America and in the UK. His last exhibition in the UK was at Bylaugh Hall in Norfolk in July/August 2006, which was attended by a number of OFs.

DUNCAN EDWARD COOPER (S72-77) – he has spent most of his working life at the BBC in a variety of rolls. These include working on One Foot in the Grave, Blackadder Goes Forth, Carrott Confidential, Big Break and The Stand Up Show. He is currently International Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide.

MATTHEW LONGFELLOW (K73-78) – he is a freelance film director and editor and mainly works on factual, music and arts programmes. He has produced films on Queen, Deep Purple, Cream, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols and many others.

MARIA TREVERS (P79-81) – she was Maria Kellett while at Framlingham, but then married Perry Trevers (G76-81). She is a talented production assistant/script supervisor, who has been freelance for the last five years and who has worked across a variety of shows. Prior to that she spent fifteen years within ITN's television newsgathering organisation, working across all its main news and current affairs programmes.

TIM GOUGH (M80-85) – he has presented on radio stations in Ipswich, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Coventry, before joining Saga 106.6fm for the station’s launch in February 2003. At the end of March 2007 they re-launched the radio station as Smooth Radio. He has just been appointed ‘Head of Presentation’ for Smooth Radio in the East Midlands, which means he is responsible for the output of that station on a day-to-day basis. He also now broadcasts weekday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm.

NIGEL CHAMPION (K83-86) – formed the pop group N-Joi in 1989 with Mark Franklin. They were the first "techno" act to appear on "Top Of The Pops". They released 'Anthem', which reached No 8 in the UK charts. They were probably the most successful dance act at this time with 'Anthem' entered the US Billboard charts at No.1. They have also done remixing work for artists such as Annie Lennox and toured the UK supporting "The Prodigy".

DR DAVID BULL (Z80-87) – qualified as a doctor, before transitioning into broadcasting by joining the BBC. Became the first person to broadcast to Children about their health issues on Newsround. Has also presented a number of high-profile TV shows and written two health books. In 2000, he co founded the creative communication agency Incredibull Ideas and is currently Chairman. In December 2006, he was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion but stood down before the election. In May 2019 he was elected an MEP for the Brexit Party.

ISABELLA EASTON (P85-88) – is making quite a name for herself in the world of fine art. She trained at Winchester School of Art & the Royal Academy. She has had her work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Show for 12 of the past 13 years and was a finalist in the Celeste Prize for 2010. Her work has also been seen internationally - in New York, Berlin & with the British Council in New Delhi.

LUCY VERASAMY (BH90-92) – only attended Brandeston, but went on to become a well known TV weather presenter on Sky News and Channel 5. In August 2010 it was announced that she would be fronting the weather on the replacement programme to GMTV, alongside Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. In 2012 she was appointed to ITV Channel 3, as lead Weather Forecaster.

IMOGEN SLAUGHTER (V92-94) – after leaving the College has appeared in theatres and on TV in plays.

HARRY MITCHELL (R90-98) – has worked for numerous BBC and commercial radio stations around the UK. For the last 5 years, he has been waking up thousands of Radio Broadland listeners in Norfolk and Suffolk as breakfast show newsreader/presenter. He is also the station’s news editor and heads up a team of journalist. He was named Journalist of the Year 2006 at the Creative East Awards and a finalist in the 2007 awards. He is also a contributor to Classic Newsnight on Classic FM and helps out with the company’s national news desk.

CHARLIE SIMPSON (S90-99) – former guitarist with "Busted", then with a band called Fightstar, but then solo since early 2010.

EDWARD CHRISTOPHER “ED” SHEERAN (BH96-02) – he released his first independent record in January 2011 and has had much success since then, culminating in him winning 2 Brits in February 2012 for Best British Male award and Best British Breakthrough Act.

KEITO OKAMOTO (K2005-7) – after leaving the College he returned to Tokyo, Japan where he became a Japanese singer as member of Hey! Say! JUMP. He is the only member of the band that speaks fluent English.

LAURA WRIGHT (M2002 -8)- although still at the College, she won BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2006 and later that year has become part of the all girl group called “All Angels” which has signed a £1m recording deal. In April 2007 “All Angels” have been nominated for a Classic Brit award alongside the likes of Sting, Sir Paul McCartney, Kathryn Jenkins, Bryn Terfel etc.

OTHER MUSICIANS – finally in this section I have included a piece on some talented OFs who are musically inclined, but not financially dependent on it – yet!