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12 choirs take part in Doha College's contest

12 choirs take part in Doha College's contest


Tribune News Network
Doha
QATAR Primary School Choir of the Year (QPSCoY) competition returned for its second edition and lined up 12 choirs from schools across Qatar.
Held at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha over three days and organised by Doha College, the contest aimed to develop choral singing among children in Qatar by offering a platform to meet and learn from peers, perform to a wide audience and enjoy a dose of healthy competition.
Since its launch in 2017, the successful ripples of QPSCoY on choral singing in Qatar is evident with school choirs formed especially for the competition and new choirs joining year on year. As a measure of how much QPSCoY catalysed the passion for singing, the Dukhan English School choir travelled 80km twice a day for three days to sing alongside the other competitors.
Returning lead adjudicator Greg Beardsell, an international choral expert from the UK, was delighted to see a significant increase in the number of engaged children this year. As part of the event, he hosted a specialist singing workshop on day one, for 450 enthusiastic musical students from participating primary schools.
The competition was lucky to also have the musical expertise of several auspicious guests including Kees Wieringa (Dutch pianist and composer, currently residing in Qatar as director of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum), Giovanni Pasini (chief conductor of the Qatar Youth Orchestra and the Qatar Chamber Choir) and Olga Protopopova (principal of the International Centre for Music in Doha).
Dana al Fardan, Qatari composer who wrote the bespoke song 'Wings of the Falcon' for the inaugural competition in 2017, was thrilled to reprise her role as QPSCoY ambassador. Speaking at the final, Dana said:"QPSCoY deals with the very youngest of musicians and they have all worked incredibly hard to be where they are. We look forward to welcoming more choirs next year, and as Qatar grows, so should a sense of responsibility to fulfilling the need for arts and culture in its society."
The competition was graced with a performance by Doha Youth Choir, a highly accomplished group that performs internationally and whose members receive specialised training in sight-singing, notation and theory, vocal technique and music interpretation. With exposure to a great variety of classical and contemporary choral repertoires alongside their elite training under the expert direction of Alena Pyne, the youth were delighted to perform for and inspire their younger peers at the event.
Alison Keane, music teacher at Doha College and founder of QPSCoY, expressed her hopes about the future of the competition:"I am extremely grateful to this year's organisers for their hard work in continuing to develop my vision for choral singing. I will look forward to witnessing the growth of QPSCoY and take great pride in giving this legacy to the wonderful State of Qatar."
QPSCoY Director Steph Gomaa, director of music at Doha College, stated:"A little competition is healthy for young musicians. It encourages a team ethos and the diligence and dedication required, in order to prepare works and present your best at an event such as this, is not to be underestimated."
The winners of the competition were Doha English Speaking School 'Voice Squad' (first), King's College Doha (second) and Dukhan English School 'Descants' (third). Stagecraft Award went to Doha College 'Fortes' whereas Repertoire Award and Vocal Skills Award were bagged by Doha College Al Waab and Doha British School respectively.

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