Review: Laura Wright, The Corn Exchange, Ipswich, April 12

Laura Wright on stage at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Laura Wright on stage at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

Britain’s most exciting new soprano, former Framlingham College pupil Laura Wright put on a breathtaking performance for her first headline show at the Corn Exchange.

An ideal setting for the show, the Grand Hall suited perfectly with its church-like appearance.

Looking radiant as ever, the 22-year old Royal College of Music opera student brought her astounding talent home to an audience which included, among the many fans Laura’s grandmother, the inspiration behind her first album, The Last Rose.

Given the opportunity to showcase their talent, special guests The Voice Squad put on a great performance too.

The young choir covered several very different types of songs with one of the most enjoyable being Flash Bang Wallop as they relaxed into their roles.


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With just three musicians to accompany her, Laura looked and sounded very at home on the stage, and she chatted comfortably with the audience between songs.

Her hauntingly angelic voice sang melodies that ranged from an enchanting version of Scarborough Fair, an Olympic Chariots of Fire, through to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Official Anthem, Stronger as One, where she recalled the story of singing it to The Queen up high on a cherry-picker during a hail storm.

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Although the show was well supported, the only disappointment was that the room wasn’t filled to the rafters with people supporting such fabulous local young talent.

With a string of accolades to her name, there is only one way from here for this gifted young lady – onwards and upwards.

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