Following its successful inaugural edition in 2017, ‘Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year’ (QPSCoY) has officially launched again for this year’s competition at Shangri-La Hotel Doha. 

Greg Beardsell WorkshopThe launch event was supported by Doha British School, Doha English Speaking School, and the Prestos and Fortes choirs from Doha College.

QPSCoY welcomes all primary schools from Qatar to join the competition, which will once again be hosted by esteemed choral specialist and conductor, Greg Beardsell. This year’s competition will be held for a fun-filled three days, on 15-17 April, and will have all the attributes of a choral festival, and an element of healthy competition for the young singers.

The competition organisers are delighted to announce that for the second year, Dana Al Fardan is supporting the competition as Ambassador. Last year, Dana composed Wings of the Falcon especially for the competition, which was sung by all choirs competing in the final. The piece will remain as the QPSCoY Anthem and will be sung by all choirs at the start of the 2018 competition.

This year, the judges will be independently chosen from among notable musicians in Qatar. QPSCoY are thrilled to welcome back Sonja Park as one of the adjudicators of the final round. She believes that the QPSCoY and the Qatar National Music Competition (which was organised by Sonja and featuring a choir category) work in harmony as different platforms to give  children the opportunity – every opportunity – to perform in front of peers from other schools, regularly. Alena Pyne, Founder and Conductor of the Doha Youth Choir and the Doha Junior Choir, will showcase the talents of her Junior Choir, to inspire this year’s competitors further.

The schools and students who enter will receive medals and certificates of participation, in addition to being invited to take part in a choral workshop with Greg Beardsell.

School choirs who wish to register for the competition can visit this link for more information. Anyone interested to sponsor the event are also welcome.