Even at a distance we can really focus on what makes a great singer: understanding how to read music, learning how to healthily develop the voice, connecting the brain and ears, becoming familiar with how and why cultures make music together, and opening the heart to the feeling of making art with people you care about.
This autumn, QYJC will bring our singers into the global online world, and we will bring this vast online world into our own homes. Online we can offer opportunities to record and share music with other ensembles, produce performances for soloists within choir, and create complex and meaningful virtual choir recordings. We will connect with experts from around the world, and offer a complete package to develop the musician in our young singers. This will also include music theory, composition, sight-singing so as to develop a strong appreciation and desire to grow in our craft together..
We’re seeking young people between the ages of 7–18+, who are eager to walk this journey with us. No experience required.
Our season finished with an online party and farewell to those singers leaving us to go to university. We wish these wonderful singers the very best as they embark upon new adventures across the world and thank them for sharing so much music with us over the past years.
Qatar Youth Choir released our tribute to all healthcare workers in the world, with a focus on our own Qatari based health service.
With Covid-19 lockdown all public choral plans were cancelled. This included Qatar Junior Choir’s planned trip to the Spring Festival in Italy, our first Journey with a Master session with Latvian Jurgis Cabulis visiting us from the Riga Doma Kora Skola, an international choir competition for Qatar Youth Choir. Covid-19 continues to effect our 2020-21 season with impending trips to Kuwait and back to Europe, and our much awaited in-bound visit from an Italian youth choir all postponed for the moment.
Qatar Junior Choir Collaboration with Vinzenz Weisenberger and the Berlin Staatsoper Children’s Chorus singing “Why we Sing” composed by Greg Gilpin:
Qatar Youth Choir & Qatar Junior Choir took part in Qatar’s 1st Philippine Choral Festival with guest conductor Mark Anthony Carpio from the famous Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Pictured are both choirs performing for the first time at Qatar National Library also in February. It was a great honour to perform on this stage and over half of our programme comprised Arabic music.
January was a very busy month for Qatar Junior Choir who performed at two very different events
Aspire Lake Festival
Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), Doha hosted the 3rd edition of the renowned Aspire Lake Festival in January. This world-class show dubbed as Tree of Life transported spectators on a magical journey filled with surprises, fun, and excitement.
"Videogames Live" with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eimear Noone
Video Games Live, created by Los Angeles-based games composer Tommy Tallarico, brings some of the most iconic themes from the gaming world to the live arena in orchestral and choral arrangements. With music from Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, StarCraft, Sonic and Metal Gear Solid, among others, Video Games Live is a hugely entertaining event for all the family.
December is the month for all things wintery, and we gave our annual Winter Concerts to a very appreciative audience.
Qatar National Day on December 18th is a wonderful celebration of everything that is dear to Qatari culture. Both choirs were invited to open the events programme at the contemporary Msheireb Downtown Quarter of Doha, opening with a performance of the Qatar National Anthem followed by a programme of Arabic repertoire.
Qatar Junior Choir travelled to Wolfenbuttel, Germany to take part in Eurotreff’19. With a daily itinerary packed with workshops, tours and concerts it was every choir singer’s dream trip. Much was learned, many friendships made and bonds strengthened.
We are thrilled to announce our new Patron for Arabic Song. We have been so fortunate to spend time doing amazing workshops with Maestro Barkev Taslakian of Fayha Choir Lebanon, together with his assistant Roula Abou Baker. We are thrilled to announce that this incredibly inspiring teacher has agreed to be our Patron for Arabic Song. We cannot wait until his return in March 2020.
Maestro Barkev Taslakian pioneered a new concept of Arabic choral singing using polyphonic arrangements, heretofore not available. He is devoting his life to spreading this new school of Arabic music around the Arab region and the world. In addition to leading Fayha Choir in concerts all over the world, he also leads a choral programme for refugee children in Lebanon in cooperation with local and international organisations. He has won many awards for Best Conductor, Best Choir, the "IMC Music Rights 2015" award and others. He is invited to speak at many international music conferences and workshops.