The Dubai Vocal Ensemble Bags Choir of The Year Title

Choir of the YearThe Dubai Vocal Ensemble (DVE) was proclaimed the winner of the recently concluded 1st Annual Choir of the Year competition last Friday, 15th February 2013, hosted by UAE’s The Score.

The DVE won over 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.

The judges were overwhelmed by the performance and described it as electrifying and emotional. Watch the video here.

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Here’s the summary of the event.

References:

Clash of the choirs leaves Dubai spellbound, Gulf News on 20 February 2013

Choir of the year, TimeOut Dubai on 19 February 2013

Sing Stars, CityTimes (Khaleej Times) on 19 February 2013

6th Chimes of Peace 2012 – YMCA Dubai

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The Christian Voices Chorale (CVC) has been invited once more to join the Chimes of Peace, hosted the YMCA Dubai, on 29 December 2012.

Chimes of Peace is a festival-concert that showcases different Christmas Choral Music sung in different languages. The event is graced by a variety of groups from different parts of the world. Chimes of Peace wishes to become an instrument in bringing joy, love and peace during the Christmas season.

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The Christian Voices Chorale was chosen as the St. Mary’s Catholic Church representative to sing a Christmas Anthem in Filipino. The group performed three songs – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells Calypso and Munting Sanggol, which was a crowd favorite.

Chimes-2012-noticeStella Rivera, 31 December 2012

Emirates Golf Club 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Screen Shot 2012-12-14 at 12.19.14 AMThe Dubai Vocal Ensemble kicked off the Christmas Season by performing at the Emirates Golf Club 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Club Night.

The choir performed the well loved traditional Christmas songs such as Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Carol of the Bells among others.

Some photos from the nights event:

Fête de la Musique Dubai 2012

The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, started in 1982. It is a music festival which takes place every June 21 – a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music.

The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice.

The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.

Since then, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season.

Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets with a slogan Faites de la musique (Make music). This concert must be open to the public and all performers donate their time for free.

Fête de la Musique Dubai was organised by the Alliance Française of Dubai, under the sponsorship of the French Embassy. It featured 80 musicians playing a variety of music be it Arabic fusion, Moroccan Rif, Iranian fusion, Gypsy jazz, Rock & Blues, French songs, classical music, Tango & Flamenco, Choral and others. It was held at Souk Madinat Jumeirah from 7 to 10 pm.

“Dubai Vocal Ensemble”

Dubai Vocal Ensemble performed a number of songs which include Rosas Pandan, Pasigin and Kruhay, pop songs like Don’t Stop Believing from GLEE and Waka-Waka with choreographed movements and international songs such as Erestu and Jaiho.

References:

History of Fête de la Musique, Wikipedia.com

Fete de la Musique to wow UAE music lovers on Thursday, gulfnews.com

Related Articles:

Connecting through the power of music with Fête de la Musique, the national.ae

Free music festival at Souk Madinat, Timeoutdubai.com

Alliance Francaise – Dubai , facebook.com


The 10th Fridge Concert Series

The Dubai Vocal Ensemble has once again graced the stage of The Fridge Dubai. This time sharing it with the renowned musician Shero. The group will showcase the songs that made them, via online poll, the chosen Fridge Artist under the Group Category.

The 10th concert series, which was a culmination of an online voting, made the DVE the chosen ones under the Group Category. The concert was held on 18th June 2012, 7:30 PM at The Fridge Warehouse in Al Quoz, Dubai.

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The Road to the Finale

Various articles were published to invite friends of The Fridge to watch the show.

The Fridge keeps it fresh, Gulf News on 26 May 2012
Shero and the Dubai Vocal Ensemble, Rolling Stone ME on 18 June 2012

The group was even invited to guest in the Filipino Rhythm radio show on Dubai Eye 103.8 to showcase what they’ve got:

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The Show

The concert featured old favorites from the group. Covers of I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Rosas Pandan, a traditional Visayan Folk Song and the staple song Don’t Stop Believing.

New songs were performed as well, such as Duerme Negrito, a Negro-Spritual classic and a crowd favorite Waka-waka by Shakira, complete with a dance routine.

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012

On 06 March 2012, Dubai Vocal Ensemble was invited by The Fridge Dubai to be part of the opening ceremony of The Fourth Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The group who performed Ilay Gandangan, a song from the Southern part of the Philippines, was dressed in an ethnic costume to represent their home country.

“In only four years together we have built this festival into one of the world’s significant literary festivals. We are welcoming a power house of talent from around the globe here today. And we are seeing more and more talent emerging from Dubai itself too”

Isobel Abulhoul, Festival Director

 

Related Articles:

The Fourth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature opens , Gulf News on 6 March 2012

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 opens with spectacular display of words, poetry, song and dance , http://www.eaifl.com on 6 March 2012

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 opens , alowais.net.org on 7 March 2012