Rules and Regulations

Competition Rules

Each choir must not exceed 90 members, who must be aged 11 and under on January 2019. Teachers may not form part of the school choir.

Each School is required to make a contribution of QAR2,000 per school to cover costs of venue hire, flights, trophies and administration.

Choirs will perform one free choice piece and one set piece ("When I Group Up", words and music by Tim Minchin - a fitting tribute to Matilda's 30th anniversary this year), either accompanied or unaccompanied, not exceeding 8 minutes in total. No sacred music is permitted. Music must be appropriate for the audience and be culturally sensitive.

A clean copy of the music must be provided to the judges on the day.

Children in the choirs must remain under the supervision of their school staff during the competition heats and final. Children must be supervised by at least one adult for every ten children. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the competition.

Parental consent must be given for each child to take part in the competition and the permission for each child to appear in photographs and recordings must be sought by your school. The named contact will be responsible for obtaining all permissions necessary from the choir members participating before entering the competition. Proof of relevant consents may be requested.

Each school involved is required to cover their own expenses and organise their own travel arrangements.

If your school goes through to the final, the school will be billed for a set number of tickets, which may be sold to your community as you see fit.

Tickets for heats will be available for parents through an online ticketing website.

Choirs should provide their own accompanist. A piano will be provided, and up to three additional instrumentalists (playing non-electronic instruments) will be accepted. No backing tracks are allowed.

Doha College reserves the right to disqualify any choir which does not adhere to the rules of the competition.


In each heat and the final, there will be a carefully selected independent panel of judges. All judges will listen carefully to the quality and style of the singing and will select schools throughout the competition using the following scoring criteria:

Technical ability e.g. tuning, diction, voice quality, balance, dynamics, overall sound.

Musical Expression e.g. musicality, communication, phrasing, passion, energy, commitment and interpretation of the text.