Suffolk singing star's Wembley pride

SUFFOLK singing sensation Laura Wright has joined the likes of opera stars Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson in singing the national anthem at a premier sporting event.

Craig Robinson

SUFFOLK singing sensation Laura Wright has joined the likes of opera stars Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson in singing the national anthem at a premier sporting event.

The Framlingham College student, who is one quarter of Brit-nominated classical girl group All Angels, sang the national anthem before England's friendly football match against the USA at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

The 17-year-old described the experience as an honour last night and said it was welcome relief from her revision for her forthcoming A-Level exams.

“It was awesome. We got there mid-afternoon and had a sound check and there's something about that situation with the whole England team there where you feel proud to be singing and proud to a part of it,” she said.

“They're not there listening to your vocal harmony or if you're in tune it's more about the atmosphere and what it's all about which takes the pressure off us.

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“All the crowd was singing along it was an amazing feeling. David Beckham was very close by so we were quite lucky.

“I still get quite nervous. Before we go on we always have a group hug and all feel absolutely petrified.”

All Angels' other members are 18-year-olds Melanie Nakhla, Charlotte Ritchie, and Daisy Chute, but Charlotte could not be there on Wednesday as she was away and so was temporarily replaced for one evening.

The group's self-titled first album go platinum, becoming the fastest selling debut classical release of all time.

The second album, Into Paradise, was released before Christmas and the girls now have a host of concert appearances to look forward to in the summer.

But for now Laura is concentrating on revising for her A-Level English, history of art and music exams, which she will sit over the next month.

“It's not that long to go - just a couple of weeks of exams and then it's all over,” she said.

“After my exams are over we have lots of concerts coming up so I'm really looking forward to those. The performing part is the bit we enjoy.”

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