We have instituted a new logo called FRAMUS, meaning Framlingham Music Society. The Academy title remains for purposes of the Charity Commission and to ensure local audiences are aware of the scope of our concert programmes and our educational role. Since the 1990s, the EAA/FRAMUS has been a major contributor to the cultural life of Framlingham.
To show our sense of commitment and responsibility we are a registered Charity (no.1080668), which enables us to raise funds to support the work.
Our Mission is twofold:
1. To provide each season a programme of at least five concerts that embrace music drawn mainly from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods (the 15th to the 18th centuries), though occasionally works from other periods will be included.
2. To award bursaries to suitably gifted and committed young people to learn the organ.
For over 20 years, the Academy has offered the local community an exceptionally rich musical experience by presenting fine artists and a consistently high quality of music. It has thus contributed to the well-being of our audiences through the healing power of music. Apart from the emotional and spiritual benefits of our concerts, we offer audiences the opportunity to learn about the work of many composers. We engage highly qualified and experienced musicians who come to Framlingham from the UK, Europe, and further afield, artists of recognised international stature and achievement. The venue at St. Michael’s Church provides an excellent spatial, visual and acoustic setting, a notable focal point of which is the virtually 350-year-old Thomas Thamar Organ, which proudly commands the west end of the building.
The loss of live music-making has been one of the significantly negative effects of Covid 19, forcing upon us two silent years. So we are now fired up to relaunch the East Anglian Academy under the banner of FRAMUS. To this end, the Committee has worked tirelessly, re-organising itself in order to meet the challenges of staging concerts again. We hope that 2022 will find audiences hungry for live music after two bleak years and that there will be a return to normality for community activities. We have the benefit of our new Artistic Director, Julian Larkin, who has considerable professional experience as organist, harpsichordist and teacher of pupils of all ages and stages. Please refer to the Artistic Director’s Page for further details of Julian’s CV.
The FRAMUS re-organisation includes this new website, developed by Salepath Digital Ltd in Framlingham with a linked Facebook page prepared by Iona Champain. By this means we should be able to vastly improve our social media communications with potential concert audiences. Finally, FRAMUS is looking to recruit volunteers for our committee and to undertake duties at concerts. Details are available on the Recruitment Page.