Doha College Primary students graced the crowd with a number of hit Christmas songs when the lights of a six meter Christmas tree at The St. Regis Doha Hotel were turned on for the hotel’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Music Teacher and organiser of the performance, Alison Keane, said:

We were delighted and honoured to be asked to perform by The St Regis. All our students were extremely excited! I was very proud of each and every child that took part. Their performances were incredible and they are all a credit to Doha College.’

The Doha College Key Stage 2 choir, a total of 57 students aged seven to eleven from both campuses, performed to a packed out crowd within The St. Regis Lobby. The stunning Christmas tree, decorated with hundreds of bulbs ignited after an enthusiastic count down from the audience. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony also included a massive ginger bread house, fresh fruit juice being served and even an appearance from Santa Claus himself.

The Primary students performed nine songs including the classics ‘jingle bells’ and ‘we wish you a Merry Christmas’. The students sang all carols with confidence and in unison, showing off their hard work from weeks of rehearsals. They were accompanied on the piano by Keane and conducted by Rachel Lund and Laura Wells. Three talented students, Mia Rouse and Sofia Arif, both Year 5 and Alicia Field from Year 6, were given solos to sing, which they delivered competently and accurately. Head of Primary, Christine Walker, said:

We were delighted to be asked to perform at the St Regis Hotel again this year for their ‘Tree Lighting.’  The children thoroughly enjoyed the occasion – giving them a chance to showcase their musical talents and growing confidence and success.  This is due to the commitment of the choir members and the very able direction of Alison Keane and Rachel Lund, our two dedicated music specialists. We are extremely proud of the choir’s achievements and look forward to their continued success. The choir members are a credit to themselves, to their families and to the whole Doha College community and were very popular with their audience judging from the large crowd that gathered at The St Regis.

Gregory Generet, a professional singer from New York City who regularly performs at The St. Regis Jazz bar, hosted the evening and even accompanied the students with an improvised version of the famous ‘Jjingle Bells.’ He said:

This evening surpassed anything I could have ever expected. There was a great excited crowd and the Doha College students were just phenomenal. We did a surprise improvisation of ‘Jingle Bells’ and they handled it superbly. I jumped at the opportunity to host this event tonight because for me this is my career and it was an honour to share it with these students as they remind me of how my career started.

This is the second time Doha College students have sang at the St Regis Hotel during the festive season but the first time for the switching on of the lights. The choir will also perform at the British Embassy and at the Doha College Primary Winter Concert.