Posted on January 25, 2018

Following the successful inaugural edition in 2017, ‘Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year’ has officially launched this year’s competition at Shangri-La, Doha. The launch event was supported by singing children’s voices from four school choirs, namely Doha British School, Doha English Speaking School, and lastly “Prestos” and “Fortes” choirs, both from Doha College

QPSCoY welcomes all primary schools from across Qatar to join the competition, which will once again be hosted by the esteemed choral specialist and conductor, Greg Beardsell. This year’s competition will be condensed into a fun-filled three days 15-17 April, and will have all the attributes of a choral festival, whilst also adding an element of healthy competition for the young singers. The competition organisers are delighted to announce that for the second year, Dana Al Fardan is supporting the competition as Ambassador. Last year Dana composed “Wings of the Falcon” especially for the competition, which was sung by all choirs competing in the final. The piece will remain alive as the QPSCoY Anthem from now on and will be sung by all choirs at the start of the 2018 competition.

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This year, our adjudicators will be independently chosen, focusing on notable musicians from across Qatar, in order to have a clear distinction between those taking part. QPSCoY are thrilled to welcome back Sonja Park as one of the adjudicators for the final. She believes that that the Qatar Primary School Choir of the Year Competition, and Qatar National Music Competition (organised by Sonja and featuring a choir category) work in harmony as different platforms to give the children the opportunity - every opportunity - to perform in front of peers from other schools, regularly. 

Alena Pyne, founder and conductor of Doha Youth Choir and Doha Junior Choir, deputy conductor and deputy choir master with Qatar Concert Choir and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra respectively, will also showcase her Junior Choir, inspiring this year’s competitors further. The schools and students who enter will receive medals and certificates of participation, in addition to being invited to take part in a choral workshop with Greg Beardsell. The QPSCoY committee wish to thank Shangri-La, Doha, who were once again cordial hosts for the launch, and will be the glamorous venue of the main event in April, and producers Doha College.

If you wish to register your school’s choir, or to sponsor QPSCoY and thus make a significant contribution to the community of Qatar, visit