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Pupil wins third place in National German Competition

Thursday, 13 June 2019

This year is of great importance with regard to Victorian history as it is both 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert and 180 years since their engagement. Their love blossomed across borders, cultures and languages, strengthening the deep historic bonds between Britain and Germany. A lesser known fact is that many of their love letters were written in German, the language which the then Princess Victoria had learnt as a child from her mother.

In order to celebrate this, the German Academic Exchange Service joined forces with the Institute of Modern Languages Research to hold their sixth annual German Writing Competition. Contestants were given the task of writing a love letter, or other creative work in German about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. After singing Heinrich Heine’s poetry anthology Dichterliebe, set to music by Schumann, Junior Sixth Former, Michael, went on to read his romantic poetry in greater depth and was inspired to write a love letter in a similar style. He was awarded third prize in the Secondary School category. He has been invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony at the German Embassy and a question and answer session with Daisy Goodwin, the director of the new ITV/PBS television series ‘Victoria’. In addition to this, his letter will be exhibited at the Goethe Institut as part of the Exhibition Road Festival.

Many congratulations to Michael. 

After singing Heinrich Heine’s poetry anthology Dichterliebe, set to music by Schumann, Michael was inspired to write a love letter in a similar style.
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