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Doha College Brings Together 700 Children in Biggest QPSCoY Edition Yet

Doha College Brings Together 700 Children in Biggest QPSCoY Edition Yet

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‘Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year’ (QPSCoY) competition returned with a bang for its third edition and lined up 15 choirs from schools in Doha, Mesaieed, Al Wakra and Dukhan. Organised by Doha College and held at the InterContinental Hotel The City over three days, 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.QPSCoY launched in 2017 and sparked huge interest in choral singing: new choirs formed especially for the competition, and existing choirs attracted great numbers of new members. The standards have increased year on year, to heights that seemed unattainable a few years ago.

One of the highlights of the three-day event was the largest choral workshop ever held in the country, involving over 700 children singing together. They were thrilled with the new techniques, beats and tunes learned under the inspiring leadership of Greg Beardsell, a world-renown choral expert who flew from the UK especially for the event. Greg was the lead adjudicator of the competition, joined on the panel by Sonja Park (world-class musician and co-founder of ‘Moving Young Artists,’ “Qatar National Music Competition’ and ‘International Chamber Music Concerts Series for Peace and Unity’) 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).

Judges collage

Dana Alfardan, 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. She joined the choral workshop to record “Wings of the Falcon” with all 700 children singing the rousing anthem together.

The 2019 podium was shared by winners Descant (Dukhan English School), silver medalists King's College Concert Choir and DESS Voice Squad in third place.

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Yet again, Doha College has contributed to generating and promoting excellence in Qatar. The musical talent, precision of coaching and musicianship displayed made it clear that the competition has now reached a level which will, almost by default, lead to more searching challenges in the future and, with it, generate yet a higher level of performance. Having created such a self-perpetuating culture of excellence is a noteworthy contribution to the vision for Qatar 2030.
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College

Participating choirs and results:

American Community School

American School of Doha Dragon Voice Squad

Doha British School – Ain Khaled

Doha British School – Al Wakra

Doha College Cantabile

Doha College Fortes (Stagecraft Award)

Doha College Prestos

Doha English Speaking School Cantabile

Doha English Speaking School Voice Squad (Third Place)

Dukhan English School Descant (First Place and Conductor Award – Mark Young)

GEMS Wellington School

King’s College Concert Choir (Second Place and Voice Skills Award)

Mesaieed International School Primary Choir

Sherborne Qatar Prep School Choir (Repertoire Award)

Swiss International School Qatar


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