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A Note From The Director It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Shangri-la Hotel for what promises to be beautiful evening of song. The ethos of “Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year” is that of uniting children through singing. It is our aim for children to have a platform that encourages a touch of competitive spirit, with the desire to perform and excel in music. The children’s ages range from five to eleven years old and we are so proud of all they have achieved. This evening, we invite you to enjoy all the wonderful performances on offer. We extend our congratulations to all the choirs that have taken part in this year’s competition and wish the very best of luck to those who are competing here tonight. To the many who have contributed to the successful running and production of this event, we thank you. Music brings communities together and this is no exception. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the show! Stephanie Gomaa Director of Music Doha College

National Anthem— please be upstanding Presented by Kamahl Santamaria DOHA COLLEGE “FORTES” CHOIR “You’ll Be in My Heart” - Phil Collins “Somewhere Out There” DOHA BRITISH SCHOOL CHOIR “Sing” - Gary Barlow & Andrew Lloyd Webber “Somewhere Out There” DUKHAN ENGLISH SCHOOL “DESCANT” CHOIR “Over the Rainbow”- Audrey Snyder “Somewhere Out There” Interval and Call to Prayer

DOHA COLLEGE AL WAAB CHOIR “Feed Your Imagination” - Glyn Lehmann “Somewhere Out There” KING’S COLLEGE DOHA CHOIR “Cape Cod Shanty” - trad. New England, arr. Kevin Stannard “Somewhere Out There” DOHA ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL “VOICE SQUAD” CHOIR “Child of Song” - Derryl Herring & Andy Beck

DOHA YOUTH CHOIR—Guest Appearance “Nabrale je Jagode” - Croatian Folksong “Hanacpachap Cussicuinin” - Peruvian Renaissance “Las Amarillas” - Mexican Folksong

Presentation of certificates, trophies and medals by Greg Beardsell

Doha College “Fortes” Choir

Conductor: Laura Wells Accompanist: Alison Keane

Doha College “Fortes” choir comprises of 84 enthusiastic Key Stage 2 students from the West Bay Campus. “Fortes” rehearse just one afternoon per week after school and are most grateful to the choir members and their parents for their commitment and dedication.

Doha College Fortes were the proud winners of QPSCoY in 2017 and have since performed at many events, notably the Panamanian National Day celebrations and the British Embassy. They were also invited to perform the Qatar National Anthem for the production of a National Day video for Aspire Foundation in December.

Doha British School Choir

Conductor: Lucy Martin Accompanist: Natalie Magness Doha British School Choir is a non-selective choir and has been running for three and a half years. It started with 14 pupils and has a current membership of 44 from Year 3 to Year 6. The choir rehearse once a week after school, as part of the Enhanced Curriculum Activities programme.

Dukhan English School “Descant” Choir

Conductor: Mark Young Accompanist: Elnara Hajizada Dukhan English School is a non-selective school for the children of Qatar Petroleum employees. The students live in a town of approximately 5,000 residents on the West coast of Qatar, 60 kilometres from Doha. Outside of school, you will find these students biking to their friend’s houses, playing at the local clubs, swimming at the pool or enjoying the sunset on the beach. This Year 5 and 6 choir of diverse nationalities and backgrounds are passionate about singing and they enjoy rehearsing together. Descant are excited about the prospect of meeting students from other schools and look forward to performing their repertoire of songs they have rehearsed for this competition.

King’s College Doha Choir

Conductor: Stacey McMorran Accompanist: Myles Granger

King’s College Doha opened its doors in September 2016. Music is built in to the fabric of the school's ethos and features prominently throughout. The Senior Choir is a popular, free afterschool club for children in Years 3-5 and open to anyone in these year groups who enjoys singing. Weekly practices are held to prepare for events such as school concerts and festivals in the wider community. Being such a new school, we are very excited to be part of this prestigious event for what will be their debut competition performance.

DESS “Voice Squad”

Conductor: Lou Copeland Accompanist: Julie Chapman

DESS Voice Squad is a choir for which children are auditioned and which rehearses once a week after school. DESS has done a lot to encourage boys’ singing and now boys outnumber girls in the choir. The choir works on songs in a variety of styles and the children enjoy to sing in parts, with ever increasing skills. In 2016, the choir entered the Associated Board Choral Singing Examination and achieved excellent success. In Doha, the choir performs at various venues and always performs with Doha College at the British Embassy every December.

Doha Youth Choir

Conductor: Alena Pyne

These young singers are carefully chosen for their beautiful voices and for their ability to work. Reading notes and basic music knowledge are an advantage but not essential – a desire to sing being most important. This is an ambitious youth choir where members receive specialised training in sight-singing, notation and theory, vocal technique, music interpretation and are exposed to a great variety of the greater classical choral repertoire.

Adjudicators - Greg Beardsell "Greg Beardsell is a uniquely exciting personality in music today. At a time when the art-form’s relevancy could easily be contended, nobody is able to implant its vibrancy and power in the hearts of a new generation more than Greg." James Murphy Chief Executive Southbank Sinfonia

Greg Beardsell is a leading light in music education and performance, and is of some International standing. He is Music Director of the ‘Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland’, the ‘London Youth Chamber Choir’, the ‘Irish Youth Choir’ and Deputy Artistic Director of the ‘National Youth Choirs’ of Great Britain. In his role at NYCGB he is Music Director of the ‘National Youth Training Choir’, artistic lead for their Widening Access and Engagement projects and last year was responsible for founding and directing the inaugural ‘International Youth Choir Festival’ at the Royal Albert Hall. He works worldwide as a conductor, adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter and most recently has gathered together thousands of school children in Arenas across England and Ireland to perform together. Greg has recently been directing the Peace Proms concert series across the United Kingdom and Ireland, making music with 30,000 children. He has also directed the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain residential course, and next week Greg is adjudicating at a choral festival in Northern Ireland. He has been an adjudicator for the UK’s Choir of the Year Competition and has many, many choral albums, concerts and conferences to his name.

Adjudicators (continued) Kees Wieringa is a Dutch musician of International reputation, who currently holds the post of Director of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum. Kees debuted in London, New York and Jakarta, then performed in the United States (also in the Carnegie Hall) and in Russia. Kees was also a regular contributor to radio and television programs and released numerous CDs.

Giovanni Pasini is an incredible musician: not only does he play with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, he is also Chief Conductor of the Qatar Youth Orchestra, and the Qatar Chamber Choir. He is co-artistic director of the newly founded International Chamber Music Concert Series for Peace and Unity, and we really do have to thank him for being here, as their inaugural concert is taking place in a couple of hours at another hotel in Doha!

Olga Protopopova has been Principal for the International Centre for Music in Doha since 2006. She not only graduated with distinction from the world-acclaimed Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev, she subsequently worked as a professional accompanist to world renowned vocal tutors, so has had plenty of experience working with international singers.

Organising Committee Stephanie Gomaa, Director of Music at Doha College, took up her post in August 2017, after working at Kellett British International School of Hong Kong, one of the island’s premier schools. During her most recent tenure in Hong Kong, she ran choral and instrumental events and productions and also joined with Federation of British International School in South East Asia (FOBISIA) and International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS), for regional-wide festivals. Stephanie is a pianist and singer and is looking forward to performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall in November for the premier of composer Paul Mealor’s latest work. She is enjoying life in Doha and is excited to further the cause of music and the arts within Qatar. She welcomes you to the competition and thanks you for your continued support.

Seren Irvine, Producer of QPSCOY, lived in Doha for 5 years. She studied music at both the University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, gaining a Masters in Performance in 2000. After combining studies with work on the side for Scottish Opera and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she started a career in BBC Television in earnest in 2001. Seren worked for many departments, but it was perhaps her work for live events, and in particular for Classical Music Television, Producing some live BBC Proms, that saw her finally putting those music degrees to use! Seren has done some freelance corporate film work, and has enjoyed working for QPSCoY, the ‘Qatar National Music Competition’ and recently assisted at the launch of a new chamber music initiative; the ‘International Chamber Music Concert Series for Peace and Unity’. She also sits on the committee of the ‘Doha Community Orchestra’, soon to be re-named ‘Doha Community Ensembles’.

Cristina Ionascu, Media and Marketing, has worked in Doha College for the past 5 years. She is part of the marketing department and has created most of the graphics, photography, communication and social media for QPSCoY. She is a passionate amateur photographer with a love of Doha cityscapes and has been published by prominent social media platforms promoting Qatar. Cristina originally qualified as an English teacher but has since gained qualifications in fields as varied as finance, photography and digital marketing. A lifelong chorister, Cristina has been and member of Doha Singers since 2012, and fulfilled the role of their secretary before joining Doha College. She shares the QPSCoY vision of engaging as many children as possible in singing and music education. Cristina is excited about Doha Singers’ upcoming concert, taking place in a few short weeks.

Words from QPSCoY founder Alison Keane I am extremely grateful to this year’s organisers for their hard work in continuing to develop my vision for choral singing among the children of Qatar. As I leave Qatar in June, I will look forward to witnessing, from afar, the growth of QPSCoY and take great pride in leaving this legacy after seven years in the wonderful State of Qatar.

Alison Keane, Music Teacher at Doha College

QPSCoY Sponsors QPSCoY are immensely grateful to their generous sponsors: 

Doha College for donating the time and expertise of their staff and volunteer parents, their equipment and supplies.

Shangri-La Hotel Doha, who offered their sumptuous Main Ballroom for three days of singing celebration to 12 choirs from around Qatar.

Symphony Events and Productions, who lent their sound and lighting systems and created such an incredible atmosphere. If you wish to become a sponsor of future QPSCoY editions, please contact

Qpscoy 2018 grand final programme  

Qpscoy 2018 grand final programme

Qpscoy 2018 grand final programme  

Qpscoy 2018 grand final programme