Doha College is opening its doors to the country's Primary Schools as we launch the "Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year" Competition. This exciting project will add a new breadth to music education in Qatar.
We are fortunate to live in a rich melting pot of cultures, and we feel it is important that opportunities to experience each other's musical heritage are provided to our children. With enrichment, children can become true global citizens capable of appreciating difference.
The official launch took place on Sunday, December 4th, at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha. "We are really delighted to sponsor this fantastic community event, which brings together so many dedicated children, teachers and parents in the shared joy of song," said Mr Alex Willats, General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel.
Alison Keane Head of Primary Music at Doha College, explained: "Many schools organise choirs as an after-school activity. Singing in a group offers many benefits enhancing children's confidence, listening skills, develops a team spirit, and above all is great fun. I am delighted to be launching this competition, and I am grateful to the team who have made this happen, who includes the Shangri-La Hotel Doha. I look forward to hearing primary choirs from across Qatar uniting to sing."
Schools are invited to submit their choirs for entry into the competition before the closing date of
26 January 2017. Choirs will then be invited to take part in heats in March 2017 in the hope of making it to the final of the competition.
The final will take place in May and will be hosted at the Shangri-La Hotel's Ballroom in Doha. The top school choirs selected from the various heats will compete for the coveted title, 'Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year 2017'.
The competition will be judged by a carefully selected panel of music educators, who will include established performers from the Qatar music scene and abroad.
Rowan, a member of the KS2 Choir, told us: "I can't wait to find out what other choirs sound like, to hear different styles, different languages and music from other parts of the world. I'm sure we will learn something new from the other children."
More information and online registration is available at www.dohacollege.com/primary-choir.