Remove Eurovision Song Contest 2019

On Tuesday evening, the whole Remove gathered in the Ellis Theatre for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Modern Languages Department.

Each of the language sets in the Remove prepares a song in the language they are studying and performs it to an audience of pupils and beaks. In addition, the visiting French Exchange group from our partner school in Paris, Lycée Notre-Dame de Bury, include their own performance of a song in English. The aim of the evening is simple: to have fun singing in a foreign language, but the extra benefits are many, from the power of music to help memorise phrases to increased confidence in pronunciation and communication.

One of the six French sets opened the evening with On écrit sur les murs, by Kids United, followed by the first of five Spanish entries, Duele el corazón (Enrique Iglesias). The evening included a range of French songs by Magic System (Magic in the air), BB Brune (Cul et chemise), Hugues Aufray (Santiano), and Will Williams (Ego), as well as the song from the film La reine des neiges (Frozen), Libérée, délivrée. Spanish entries were Súbeme la radio (the second song of the evening by Enrique Iglesias), La canción del vago (Bruno Mars), Tuyo (Rodrigo Amarante), concluding with a vibrant finale song, Waka Waka (Shakira).

In the other languages, the Germanists sang Moskau (Dschinghis Khan), the Italian group sang Super Trouper (Abba) in Italian, the Russianists sang Katyusha, and the Chinese set performed another timeless and universal Abba number, Mamma mia. The French Exchange group from Paris sang Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, in a special arrangement for choir and piano by Rosy-Lou Confiac.

Rounding off a hugely enjoyable evening of foreign language songs, the judges awarded fourth place to the German set (Moskau), third place to the Chinese group (Mamma mia), second place to the French exchange group (Bohemian Rhapsody), and first place this year to the Spanish entry, Waka Waka. Many congratulations to all the Remove on a colourful and energetic evening of language singing!

Andrew Brown
Head of Modern Languages

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