Urban Symphony

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Urban Symphony
Urban Symphony (2009)
Urban Symphony (2009)
Background information
OriginTallinn, Estonia
GenresClassical crossover,[1] electronic,[2] pop
Years active2007–2010
Past membersSandra Nurmsalu
Mann Helstein
Johanna Mängel
Mari Möldre

Urban Symphony is an Estonian music group. It represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "Rändajad", finishing in 6th place with 129 points. In doing this, they achieved Estonia's best placement since 2002.[3][4]


In autumn 2007, Sandra Nurmsalu took part in the singing talent show called 2 takti ette, biennially held by the Eesti Televisioon and broadcast nationwide. In a week of the contest, the contestants were tasked to form bands each on their own and each to produce a performance with it. Nurmsalu had studied the violin for two years in the Georg Ots Music School and had previously arranged the song "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica for a string set of the school. Therefore, she decided to use one again. Nurmsalu turned to her former school, where she was introduced to Mann Helstein playing the viola, Johanna Mängel playing the cello, a female contrabass player and a male keyboardist. The band re-scored the song "Hungry" by Kosheen[5] and were pleased with the resulting televised and video recorded live performance. At the end of the series, Nurmsalu, Helstein and Mängel agreed to continue their collaboration. Mängel brought the new cello player Mari Möldre to the band. In the same while, Sven Lõhmus, a music producer invited the group to work with him. The first track the team completed was "Rändajad" for the contest of Eesti Laul, the Estonian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[6][7] The song went on to gain 6th place in the Eurovision final.[8] For this project, Marilin Kongo and Mirjam Mesak joined the group to sing backing vocals. They also sing in Päikese poole, Skorpion and Crying in the Rain.

In 2010, Urban Symphony announced that they would be disbanding. The announcement was due to Nurmsalu wishing to prioritise motherhood, while the group's other members wished to continue their studies and pursue other interests.[9]


The producer Sven Lõhmus had previous Eurovision experience by writing the unsuccessful Estonian entry of "Let's Get Loud" for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, held in Kyiv that year. Marilin Kongo was 8th with her entry "Be 1st" in Eurolaul 2006, the Estonian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The backing singer Mirjam Mesak supported Gerli Padar with backing vocals on stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2007.



Year Single Peak positions Album
BEL (Vl)
2009 "Rändajad" 3 14 10 68 86 8 117 TBA
"Päikese poole" 12 [17]
2010 "Skorpion" 11 [18]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ MySpace profile
  2. ^ About Urban Symphony
  3. ^ "Estonia - "Rändajad" performed by Urban Symphony". BBC. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Final | Final | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  5. ^ 03.08.2009 00:00 - Kaks takti ette (Video of the episode) Archived 2012-07-10 at archive.today Estonian Television
  6. ^ Alaverest pärit Sandra Nurmsalu võitleb pääsu eest Eurovisiooni poolfinaali (Sandra Nurmsalu from Alavere Village to fight for qualification to Eurovision semifinal. In Estonian). Kristina Amor, Harju Elu 27 February 2009
  7. ^ Urban Symphony: ilus muusika võib ka hirmuäratav olla (Urban Symphony: Beautiful music can also be terrifying. In Estonian). Melu.ee
  8. ^ Results of the finals of Eurovision 2009 Archived 2009-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (May 17, 2009)
  9. ^ "Sandra Nurmsalu: tahan lapsele kogu aeg olemas olla | Elu". elu.ohtuleht.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  10. ^ Estonian Airplay Chart
  11. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  12. ^ Finnish Singles Chart
  13. ^ Belgium Flanders Singles Chart
  14. ^ Switzerland Singles Chart
  15. ^ Greek Singles Chart
  16. ^ UK Singles Chart
  17. ^ "MyHits".
  18. ^ "Raadio Uuno". Uuno.ee. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by