Some sing in the shower, others while driving or even in the rain. Wherever Maud Lemonnier-Daniel is there’s also sure to be a lot of singing going on. Jane Goulding speaks to the Doha Singers member.
The Doha Singers is a community based choir in Doha, which rehearses every Monday from 7pm-9pm and does special concerts in the city. We spoke to Maud, also the marketing chair for Doha Singers, about the group and her involvement in a band.
When did you start singing?
As long ago as I can remember. I come from a family where everybody sings, led by my father who plays the guitar. Thanks to him, I know all the French variety songs by heart and our family reunions are still always very musical. It’s a central part of our lives.
Did you have formal singing lessons?
I never attended any formal singing lessons, but in my youth I was in a choir, then in an orchestra playing flute. Since living in Doha I have been in the Doha Singers as a soloist, in a ska band as the female vocal and have taken part in three musicals; Hot Mikado, Annie and Les Miserables. I also made the top 10 of a talent show called Be A Star under the umbrella of The Voice; the semi-final is on April 9!
Who are your musical inspirations?
I am absolutely fascinated by Motown and my playlist always includes Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Queen and Adele. There are so many talented and inspiring artists to listen to and enjoy!
How long have you been with the Doha Singers?
Four years, and I have been the marketing chair for one year. It’s Qatar’s largest and oldest amateur choir with a line-up of 100 singers this term. We all come from different parts of the world and work in different industries but come together weekly to share our common passion. Our last concerts were great successes and we sold out in two weeks last December. We have recently performed at the Doha College Spring Fayre. Our next concert, ‘From Broadway to Doha,’ will be held on June 5 at the College of North Atlantic. Not to be missed! If you would like to hear about our concerts, please join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. The Doha singers is welcoming new members every term. Check us out on www.dohasingers.com.
What sort of music do you enjoy singing the most and why?
I like to sing everything to be honest! But if I had to pick then my top three genres would be bossa nova, blue-eyed soul and pop rock. However, one thing I love the most is to sing duets or in small ensembles as I enjoy the different harmonies that beautifully complement each other.
You are French. How easy/difficult is it singing in a different language?
To me it’s far easier to sing in another language than to speak it. A song’s melody cancels out the intonations of speech, followed by the beat of the music cancelling out the rhythm of speech. I really enjoy singing in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, English and French. My next challenge will be to learn some Arabic songs, too!
You’re also in a band. Tell us about that.
D&B is a ska band that was founded in 2010 and is well known for its upbeat noise! We cover The Specials, Bob Marley and Van Morrison among others. We often play in the Admiral’s Club and the Rugby Club. I hope to see you all on the dancefloor soon! Follow us on Facebook for gig dates. facebook.com/dickandthebeavers.
How do you fit everything in?
I admit that I never stop being busy but I do what I love and I love what I do. As long as it doesn’t affect my day job and my family time, then I will keep on singing!
The Doha Singers is welcoming new members and you can find all the latest developments at www.dohasingers.com.