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Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Video: IES Johanneberg student wins singing and language contest

Singing in Spanish helped Emilia Söderlund (above, centre, with her teacher Mr Vary and her mother) from Internationella Engelska Skolan Johanneberg to win a language and music competition for IES schools.

Each year schools compete in a Eurovision-inspired contest, which sees students sing in languages other than English or Swedish.

This year 13 schools took part in the competition at IES Sundsvall – who hosted because they won the competition last year, in true Eurovision style.

Those competing sang in French, German and Spanish, in front of hundreds of students, and a jury made up of language and music teachers, at Tonhallen in Sundsvall.

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Video of the winner's reprise: Emilia Söderlund from IES Johanneberg

After a tense judging process considered the linguistic and musical talents of the very strong entries this year, Mr Brisson, principal of IES Sundsvall, announced the results.
While Emilia took first prize, a team from IES Eskilstuna (left), made up of Tamara Abood, Farah Mouhi, Eira Ankarfjärd and Darian Mather came second, while Cecilia Nilsson from IES Lund (below, right) came third.

Other schools who made the journey to Sundsvall to take part in this year’s contest included IES Bromma, Huddinge, Kista, Landskrona, Liljeholmen, Tyresö, Täby, Västerås and Årsta.

After performing David DeMaría song Cada Vez Que Estoy Sin Ti and receiving her trophy Emilia told the audience: "Thank you so much, I did not think I was going to win since there are so many talented people here and they were really great. Give them applause, please.”


After she left the stage she added: “I am grateful that I had this chance today, and I want to thank everyone, but especially my Spanish teacher Señor Rios, my music teacher Mr Duckworth, Mr Vary for coming with me, and my parents for being there with me and supporting me.

"This was my first time taking part in Eurovision, it was exciting but then I heard the other schools singing and they were so good, so I got nervous, but it was exciting.

"When I heard the winner announced, I said ‘well, that’s me’. I thought that Sundsvall would win again because I think she was really good and deserved to win.

"I have been studying Spanish for three years. I would not have believed three years ago that I could win today, but my music teacher told me that I should be here and he helped me, and here I am.”

Emilia’s victory means that next year the contest will be hosted by IES Johanneberg. She gave advice for all students thinking of taking part: “Believe in yourself, do what you like to do, and do not worry about what others think."

Winning turn: Emilia performing in front of judges

Sundsvall Sings to Victory

Sundsvall Sings to Victory

 

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Music and applause rang out in Södermalm as Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall lifted the trophy at the annual IES Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

This year 17 middle schools (grundskolor) from across Sweden took part in the event, which sees students compete by singing in any language other than English or Swedish.

The winner was Céline Gilbert (pictured and in video above) of class 8B at IES Sundsvall who sang Je Suis Malade, a song first released in 1973 by Serge Lama.

After receiving the trophy and performing her reprise, Céline said:  “I did not expect to win at all, I was very surprised and it was really fun performing. I started actually practicing about maybe one month ago.  It is a song I have listened to for many years and it was on the top of my head and I really wanted to sing this one, it is really good.”

Ms Shannon Lehnberg, a teacher from Sundsvall who attended the event and supported Céline said:  “We are so proud of Céline. Her stage presence and ability to engage the audience while singing in one of her three languages is truly remarkable. She is a true entertainer.”

Silver: The Solén sisters, representing IES Lund

The second place was taken by two sisters from IES Lund, Klara and Tyra Solén, who sang a French version of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, while playing piano and violin.

In third place were two students from IES Nacka, Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of 9A, who sang Luis Fonsi’s song Un Mondo Contigo.

Bronze: Lisa Enerdal and Emelie Harris of IES Nacka

Ms Nora Kielty, one of the staff from IES Tyresö involved in organising the event, said: "This year IES Tyresö brought the magic of music, language and technology together to showcase the sparkling talent and creative imagination of our young musicians, singers, dancers and presenters. We witnessed the birth of a new star as the winner from IES Sundsvall thrilled her audience amid the energy and enthusiasm that was Eurovision 2018."

Other performers at the event came from the IES schools Huddinge, Kista, Bromma, Årsta, Liljeholmen, Täby, Enskede, Tyresö, Eskilstuna, Hässelby, Jonköping, ÖrebroFalun and Gävle.

Just like the better known Eurovision Song Contest, which will head to Israel next year, the victorious school takes on the role of host for the following year. This means that Internationella Engelska Skolan Sundsvall will host the contest next spring.

Students Soar at Eurovision Event

Students Soar at Eurovision Event

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Video of the winner's reprise: Ida Arnö from IES Bromma

As the dust settled on Eurovision in Stockholm and Ukraine started to plan next year’s event, IES students enjoyed their own music contest.

Arriving in Gävle from 15 schools throughout Sweden, students from as far afield as Lund and Sundsvall took to the stage hoping to win this year’s Internationella Engelska Skolan Modern Foreign Languages Eurovision Song Contest.

Students sang in Spanish, German and French, and were judged on their stage presence, musical performance and linguistic ability by an assembled panel of music and language teachers.

For the first year ever one school, IES Täby, entered a song through the medium of the Chinese language.

After the judges' deliberation, it was Ida Arnö from class 9F at IES Bromma who won with the song Je Vole, which she sang in French.

Speaking immediately after her reprise as the winner, she said: “It feels crazy because I never thought that I would actually win and I just feel very happy and surprised.

"The song is from a movie that I saw called La Famille Bélier. In the film Paula sang it and I thought it was a very pretty song and I tried to sing it and it fit my voice well.

"Music is a great way to learn a language, maybe a bit easier than speaking but you still get to practise, especially the pronunciation.

"I think it is really fun to meet people from all around Sweden and make new friends, and really fun to perform.  I think the other schools were great. They were really good. My favorite was the band from Hässleholm."

Supporting her at the contest was Ms Björk, head of modern foreign languages at IES Bromma.

She said: “This is absolutely fantastic and a great inspiration for next year and for all the students who want to participate next year.

"I think this competition has every kind of benefit you can think of, learning the lyrics and something fun for students as well, even if you sing a famous song, I think that is one of the best ways of learning a language."

Second Prize - The team from IES Hässleholm

Second place went to the team from IES Hässleholm, a new school which was competing for the first time this year with the German song Gelles Leben.

James Lu of year 7 was one of those involved, he said: “We became more and more excited as time went by and finally after seven hours on the train and a night at the hotel room, we were up on the stage, sound-checking. After our magical performance we felt really proud because we couldn't have done it better.

"We had listened to the other schools and we knew that they were very good so at the end of the night when we were on stage waiting for the host to tell us the results, we weren't too into it. When he shouted that we came second we all thought; 'well then, we are pretty good after all'. We loved the whole trip and had a lot of fun and cannot wait for next year."

The third prize went to a duo from IES Johanneberg in Gothenburg.

Ellen Hendar of class 9D at the school said: “It was a great experience and everyone was so good and I am so happy to be in third place. Everyone deserves to win."

Bronze for Johanneberg - Ellen Hendar and Anna Johansson

Her bandmate Anna Johansson added: "I feel infinite when I sing, I love it so much it is the best thing, it is my biggest hobby, I am going to music gymnasiet next year."

Ms Hevia, who is head of modern foreign languages at IES Gävle was one of the organisers of this year’s event.

She said: "I think it went really well it has been the highest quality of performances since we started it in Gävle.  Every year it is getting more difficult to win because of the quality, the students, the music, and it has been by far the best this year. Events like this encourage students to learn languages, because they know how good it is to come to this event.

"Thanks to everyone who has helped so much, you can’t do it yourself, not just our school but all the schools involved."

Bromma’s victory means that they will host the contest at the end of next academic year, with teams from around Sweden making their way to the school in the hope of lifting the trophy.

Internationella Engelska Skolan schools taking part this year included those in Hässelby, Hässleholm, Nacka, Bromma, Täby, Uppsala, Skärholmen, Borås, Eskilstuna, Johanneberg, Lund, Sundsvall, Gävle, Kista and Huddinge.