Senior School Choir Information

Entries for 2018 are now open

Our younger singers are very much an integral part of ChoirFest Middle East and arguably our most enthusiastic participants. Year after year, we are astounded by the passion and zeal displayed by our schools choirs and impressed by the diverse range of music they perform.
Our main event for schools is the extremely popular Choir of the Year (for schools) competition. In 2017, nearly 40 school choirs, comprising over a 1000 children from across the Emirates, participated in the competition. Many of our school choirs are regular attendees of the Choir of the Year competition and we have watched the children grow in confidence and musicianship each year with pride.


Our Choir of the Year competition for schools is an exciting opportunity for children to sing in front of their peers, receive feedback and encouragement from professional musicians and generally spend a fun few hours singing.  There is also a choral workshop for the children led by our professional workshop leaders. This years workshop will be led by the captivating Australian acapella group, The Idea of North.

About Choir of the Year for senior schools

Choir of the Year for senior schools is a competitive event. Selected choirs will be invited to perform at the senior schools Choir of the Year Final. This will held the evening of March 17th at Dubai Opera.

For their performances, Choirs may choose two or three songs to sing, with a performance time of no longer than 10 minutes.

Entry Costs and Payment

The entry fee for Senior Choir of the Year event is AED 50 + 5% VAT per child. Payment will be completed via PayPal.

How to enter Choir of the Year

In order to enter, you will need to complete the entry form by clicking ‘register’ at the bottom of this page and paying the Entry Fee for your choir.
Payment and Entry Forms must be received by 15th January 2018.

Other things you may wish to know

Performance Pieces

For the performances pieces, you can sing anything you like!  In previous years songs have included ‘This little light of mine’ ‘Space Oddity’ ‘I’ll be there for you’ (from Friends) and ‘What a wonderful world’ among many others.


There will be a piano on stage for accompaniment purposes, but you can also bring any manner of instruments with you.  We have had drum kits, electric guitars, acoustic guitars and violins in past years. Alternatively, you can also bring a backing track on a USB stick.

Food and Drink

Please note that there will be no breaks during the events. Children are allowed to take water bottles (containing only water) into the auditorium. NO food is allowed in the auditorium.


We actively encourage teachers, family and friends to come along and watch Choir of the Year. If you plan to bring a large group, please let us know in advance so we can monitor numbers to ensure everybody gets a seat. The Entrance fee for guests for the semi final events is AED 40. Tickets for the Choir of the Year (senior schools) Final will be on sale through Dubai Opera Ticketing.


Schools are welcome to arrange for students or teachers to come along and photograph the event for school websites and newsletters, though flash photography will not be allowed while choirs are performing. Don’t forget to forward your best photos to us so we can include them on the ChoirFest Middle East website! ChoirFestME will also be photographing and videoing the event and we are happy to share our photos and video with you.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries about ChoirFest Middle East or the Choir of the Year competition.

Alexander Tombrink Mobile: +971 56 115 9240


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