'Qatar School Choir Of The Year' Returns


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: After a two-year pandemic-imposed hiatus, British international school Doha College brought“Qatar School Choir of the Year” back to the music scene.

Inaugurated in 2017 to add new breadth to the music education in Qatar, the competition exploded in popularity and participation, with choirs doubling in size or forming specially for the occasion.

Hosted for the first time on Doha College's new Al Wajba campus, this edition involved sixteen choirs from all around the country; they sang in three age categories, 5 to 8, 7 to 11 and 11 to 18. Newcomers Vision International School from Wakra had a fantastic experience, receiving the“Stagecraft Award” on their first participation.

Lead adjudicator Greg Beardsell, international musician and conductor involved in an astounding number of music education and performance initiatives, has been with the competition from the very beginning. This year, he was assisted in the difficult task of adjudicating the competition by long-time panel member Olga Protopopova, Principal of the International Centre for Music, and valued new addition Zlatan Fazlic, Director of the Qatar Music Academy.

According to Greg, the standards were incredibly high, on par with many reputable international competitions. The choirs put their own unique imprint on their performances that were engaging and fun.

Doha College“Prestos” won the youngest category, American School of Doha took the 7-11 trophy, and Dukhan English School choir, called“DES SING!” – well familiar to the QSCoY podium – won the 11-18 category. The overall 2023 title went to the well-deserving ASD choir, conducted by Brita Fray.

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