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Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinoy Choir in Dubai wins first UAE Choral Competition

The Filipino-led Dubai Vocal Ensemble (DVE) was proclaimed the winner of the recently concluded 1st Annual Choir of the Year competition in February hosted by UAE’s The Score.
The DVE beat 7 other choirs from the whole of UAE which includes Blue Fever from Abu Dhabi, Nassim Al Saba Choir of the American University of Sharjah and other various choral groups from the country.
The competition was judged by the Grammy Award Winning a cappella group The Swingle Singers at the Dubai College.
The different groups performed a variety of songs from Arabic to Jazz. DVE performed Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, the Visayan folk song Rosas Pandan and the ethnic song Kruhay.
A member of the winning 22-member Dubai Vocal Ensemble said: “For us, it was not about the prize. In fact, we didn’t expect to win as the other choirs were so good. We were the last to go on stage, but what an enjoyable evening it was. What more could we have asked with the Grammy-winning Swingle Singers sharing their valuable tips with us.”
Mohammad N. Murad, a Palestinian member of the Nassim Al Saba choir of the American University Sharjah, said his choir was happy to have got the second place because the standard of singing in the contest was high.
The choirs were rated for their technical ability, covering tuning, diction, balance, ensemble, dynamics and overall sound. Musical expression, including communication, phrasing, passion, energy, commitment and overall delivery was also considered.
The judges were overwhelmed by the performance of the Dubai Vocal Ensemble and described it electrifying and emotional. Here’s the winning performance of the Filipino group.

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