‘Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year’ (QPSCoY) returns this February for its third and largest edition yet. Organised by Doha College, this competition for primary school choirs has grown from its inaugural event in 2017 to a nationwide musical event involving over 700 children.
The competition is independently judged by a panel of experts comprising Giovanni Pasini, chief conductor of the Qatar Youth Orchestra and Qatar Chamber Choir, and Olga Protopopova, Principal for the International Centre for Music in Doha. The panel will be led, as it has from the very beginning of the competition, by international choral music expert Greg Beardsell. In recent years, Greg has held the directorships of Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Ulster Youth Choir, Wooburn Singers and was Chorus Director for the Gabrieli Consort’s education programme ROAR. He has worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus, London Bach Choir and the London Symphony Chorus.
Steph Gomaa, Director of Music at organising school Doha College, explains what QPSCoY is about:
The ethos of Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year is that of uniting children through singing. It is our aim for children to have a platform that encourages a touch of competitive spirit, with the desire to perform and excel in music. Being a High Performance Learning school, we recognise the importance of equipping students to be well-rounded, and QPSCoY allows participating children to develop a multitude of attributes and values outside of the classroom. ‘
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College, added:
Our school is honoured to be at the forefront of promoting excellence in music at a primary age across schools in Qatar.’
Competition ambassador Dana Alfardan, internationally renowned Qatari composer and Doha College alumna composed the QPSCoY anthem ‘Wings of the Falcon’, said:
As a songwriter and composer, I look back on music making when I was a child with such fondness. I believe it is so important to encourage children not only to have an appreciation of music but to experience music through performing it and sharing it with their peers.’
Six choirs will qualify for the final, out of the 15 groups hailing from Doha, Mesaieed, Wakra and Dukhan. All competitors will participate in a big-sing led by Greg Beardsell, whose engaging workshops have enchanted past editions’ choirs and will again be part of this years’ schedule.
QPSCoY will take place between 20th and 22nd February 2019 at InterContinental The City, main sponsors, while Music Square (51 East) will provide a piano for the three days of the competition. The event is also supported by FNAC and Symphony Events & Productions.
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