Posted on December 08, 2014

It was a fantastic way to begin the countdown to Christmas, with Doha College Primary students turning on the lights of the six meter Christmas tree at the St. Regis Hotel Doha and gracing the crowd with a number of hit Christmas songs. The Doha College Key Stage 2 choir, a total of 57 students aged seven to eleven from both campuses, performed to a packed out crowd within the St Regis Lobby. The stunning Christmas tree, decorated with hundreds of bulbs ignited after an enthusiastic count down from the audience. With a massive ginger bread house, fresh fruit juice being served and even an appearance from Santa Claus himself, the night was one to remember.

Doha College students light up 2 [].jpgThe Primary students performed nine songs including the classics ‘jingle bells’ and ‘we wish you a Merry Christmas’. The students sang all carols with confidence and in unison, showing off their hard work from weeks of rehearsals. They were accompanied on the piano from music teacher Alison Keane and conducted by Rachel Lund and Laura Wells. Three talented students, Mia Rouse and Sofia Arif, both Year 5 and Alicia Field from Year 6, were given solos to sing, which they delivered competently and accurately.

Gregory Generet, a professional singer from New York City who regularly performs at the St Regis Jazz bar, hosted the evening and even accompanied the students with an improvised version of the famous Jjingle Bells.’ He was extremely impressed with the Doha College students, “This evening surpassed anything I could have ever expected. There was a great excited crowd and the Doha College students were just phenomenal. We did a surprise improvisation of ‘Jingle Bells’ and they handled it superbly. I jumped at the opportunity to host this event tonight because for me this is my career and it was an honour to share it with these students as they remind me of how my career started.”

Doha College students light up 3 [].jpgChristine Walker, Head of Doha College Primary, stated “We were delighted to be asked to perform at the St Regis Hotel again this year for their ‘Tree Lighting.’ The children thoroughly enjoyed the occasion – giving them a chance to showcase their musical talents and growing confidence and success. This is due to the commitment of the choir members and the very able direction of Mrs. Alison Keane and Mrs. Rachel Lund, our two dedicated music specialists. We are extremely proud of the choir's achievements and look forward to their continued success. The choir members are a credit to themselves, to their families and to the whole Doha College community and were very popular with their audience judging from the large crowd that gathered at the St Regis.”

Alison Keane, a Music Teacher at Doha College’s West Bay campus who organised the event said, “We were delighted and honoured to be asked to perform by the St Regis. All our students were extremely excited! I was very proud of each and every child that took part. Their performances were incredible and they are all a credit to Doha College.” This is the second time Doha College students have sang at the St Regis Hotel during the festive season but the first time for the switching on of the lights. The choir will also perform at the British Embassy and at the Doha College Primary Winter Concert.

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