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Talented Linguists Take Part in Annual Languages Soirée

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This term’s Languages Soirée – our annual event that showcases our talented linguists – was another resounding success, with fantastic support from our school community.

This year’s host was Freya Jenkinson, who very adeptly presented the Soirée in French, Spanish and German. She will be studying languages at A level, including Latin.

Mrs Harvey, accompanied by Mr Ridley, gave a dazzling performance of Tosca: Vissi D’arte music by Puccini, and Sergei Vtornikov recited a beautiful poem called Russia by Alexander Blok.

Florence Cole also gave a brilliant rendition of Sous le Pont Mirabeau by Guillaume Apollinaire while Mrs Field astounded the audience of pupils and staff with her beautiful voice when she sang a Swedish song acapella.

Ranulf Mason and Daneel Louw played Mozart whilst Mr Lang and Mr Ridley gave a lovely rendition of Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor. Mr Smith and Mr Lewsey surprised their audience with their wonderful Moscow’s Night with accordion.

Thank you to everyone who contributed – it was a wonderful evening and one that shows the breadth of languages spoken here across our King’s community.

Commenting on the evening, our host Freya said:

I have always dreamed of speaking several languages and for the past three years at King’s I have had the pleasure of developing my skills in German, French, Spanish and Latin. I even had the opportunity to learn a bit of Sanskrit in the Third Form.

I would like to thank all my teachers in both the MFL and Classics departments who have made my studies such a fascinating and engaging journey and who have been so inspiring. I am particularly grateful to Mrs. Kellaway, Mrs. Kelly and Mrs Hermes who have taught me outside lessons and have offered me a great deal of support over the years. I am also grateful to Mrs Duckham for introducing me to the Latin language; I cannot remember a lesson where we haven’t been laughing out loud. If someone can “resuscitate” this language, she certainly can and I thank her for her wild enthusiasm and constant encouragement!

Next year, I will be studying all four languages and I want thank all those at King’s who have made this possible. It was a privilege for me to host the Languages Soirée and to be amongst such talented people who all share my passion for languages."

Those who took part in the evening and their performances:

Henty Adcock singing Verborgenheit by Hugo Wolf, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Florence Cole introducing in French

Mrs Condy singing La mer by Charles Trenet, accompanied by Louis Benneyworth

Mikhail Vtornikov introducing in Polish

Mrs Cruttenden reading Let Us Hurry by Jan Twardowski

Freya Jenkinson introducing in Italian

Mr Lang playing Adagio in G minor by Albinoni, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Werner Groenestijn introducing in Swedish

Mrs Field singing När som jag var på mitt adertonde år (a Swedish folksong)

Edward Hayden-Briffett introducing in French

Hattie Lindsey-Coombs reading Les roses de saadi by Marceline Desbordes

Sergei Vtornikov reading Russia by Alexander Blok

Mrs Bianco de Kellaway introducing in Italian

Teal Sinfield singing Tu lo sai by Guiseppe Torelli, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Eliza Chapple introducing in Dutch

Werner Groenestijn reading Verbeelding by Gerrit Komrij

Edward Hayden-Briffett introducing in Italian

Mrs Harvey singing Tosca: Vissi D’Arte by Puccini, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Freya Jenkinson introducing in German

Ranulf Mason playing Impromtus by Schubert

Eliza Chapple introducing in Italian

Lottie Knill singing Se tu m’ami by Alessandro Parisotti, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Mrs McSwiggan introducing in German

Daneel Louw playing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, accompanied by Ranulf Mason

Sergei Vtornikov introducing his brother in Russian

Mikhail Vtornikov reciting To the Slavs by Fyodor Tyutchev

Mrs Kelly introducing in German

Eleanor Clark singing Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Edward Hayden-Briffett introducing in French

Florence Cole reading Sous le pont Mirabeau by Guillaume Apollinaire

Mikhail Vtornikov introducing in Russian

Mr Smith singing None but the lonely heart by Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Freya Jenkinson introducing in Italian

Mr Cruttenden singing Va Tacito by Frederick Handel, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Mrs Kelly introducing in French

Freya Jenkinson reading Elle était déchaussée, elle était décoiffée by Victor Hugo

Edward Hayden-Briffett introducing in Spanish

Louis Benneyworth playing Canción de Cuna by Oscar Esplá

Sophie Hardwick introducing in Russian

Mr Smith singing Moscow’s night, accompanied by Mr Lewsey

Mrs Smith introducing in Welsh

Mr Lewsey singing Myfanwy, accompanied by Mr Ridley

Werner Groenestijn introducing in Afrikaans

Mr Biggs and Father Mark singing Sarie Marais by Jim Reeves

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