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Queen's favourite, Laura Wright, unveiled as England Rugby's first official anthem singer

21 November 2012

  • Wright honoured to be England's anthem singer
  • Goode says team looking forward to her performance
Wright will become official anthem singer

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Classical singing sensation Laura Wright has today been named as England Rugby’s first official anthem singer.

Having sold more than one million albums, the soprano has been nominated for a Classical Brit Award for the last two years.  She has collected the Nordoff Robbins PPL Classical Award and has performed for the Queen more times than any other artist in 2012. It’s this success that has captured the attention of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Laura will perform the English national anthem ahead of the QBE Internationals against South Africa and New Zealand and during all of the home RBS 6 Nations fixtures next year.  She was unable to perform at the recent Fiji and Australia games due to commitments in performing for the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance and at the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet.

Wright said: “It’s a huge honour to have been asked to be England’s official anthem singer. The atmosphere at Twickenham when the team run out in front of a packed crowd of 82,000 is unlike anywhere else and I’m privileged to be able to perform for the players and the supporters. I’m a passionate sports fan and have recently taken up rugby at Rosslyn Park, so I might be able to pick up a few tips!”

England full back Alex Goode said: “To play for England in front of a home crowd for the first time two weeks ago was an incredible honour.  Singing the anthem is a very special moment, you look up and see all the supporters singing with you and it makes you very proud to represent them on the pitch.

"You hear and feel their support; they make the difference for the team.  We’re looking forward to Laura leading the anthem on Saturday, I’m sure her performance will stir the crowd and create an impressive atmosphere.”

Laura has enjoyed number one success in the Classical Chart with her album: ‘The Last Rose’, and in 2012 she opened the iTunes Festival for Andrea Bocelli, toured with tenor Alfie Boe, and took part in the Queen’s Jubilee tour with Russell Watson.

She was the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium, performed with operatic star Noah Stewart at the Dancing on Ice Final and recorded the Diamond Jubilee song ‘Stronger as One’ which was referenced by the Queen in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey. Laura is in her final year at the Royal College of Music.