Eurovision hopeful is full of praise for performing arts students

PUBLISHED: 15:29 27 February 2018

Eurovision hopeful, Surie with pupils at Pure Rhythm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Eurovision hopeful, Surie with pupils at Pure Rhythm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Pure Rhythm performers were thrilled as singing sensation, Surie, was picked as the UK’s Eurovision entry for 2018.

The Saffron Walden-based performing arts group had the privilege of singing backing vocals on Surie’s latest album, called Something Beginning With....

Bishop’s Stortford-born, Surie, said: “Thank you to Pure Rhythm. The students were so patient and polite, enthusiastically recording take after take. They were such little pros. It was a lovely reminder of the calibre of students.”

Surie, also known as Susanna Cork, beat five other acts in a combined public and expert jury vote after performing her track, Storm, at a BBC event at the Brighton Dome.

She is no stranger to the Eurovision, having performed as a backing vocalist, dancer and musical director in the competition last year.

Sue Raven, Pure Rhythm’s principal, said: “We will be backing Surie all the way. Pure Rhythm has known Surie for years and we are so excited to follow her next adventure.”

Surie has also sung backing vocals for Will Young and Coldplay’s Chris Martin and has performed for Prince Charles.

This year’s Eurovision takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 12.

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