Fayha Choir’s “Choir of The Year” award will be the last apparently as those in charge of the choir have decided to shut it down. The reason is mainly a financial one as they are no longer capable of covering the expenses and maintaining the choir at the level required.
This is a truly sad and unfair. The Fayha Choir had just won “The Choir of The Year” award at the Choir Fest Middle East 2016 and is considered as a national treasure and a great source of inspiration for all Lebanese.
I hope that someone intervenes to save the Choir. Looking at their sponsors and co-sponsors (Tripoli municipalities, Safadi Foundation, Azm & Saada association, Hariri foundation), one of them should step in and give the necessary funding. If not, the Ministry of Culture should intervene.
The Fayha Choir was founded in 2003 and is composed of nearly 50 members, Tripoli and suburbs citizens. The choir is conducted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian and its program includes Lebanese, oriental, as well as French, English, Latin, Armenian and other songs.The Fayha Choir has performed in more than 10 countries so far, including Abu Dhabi, Armenia, Poland, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, France, Canada and others. They have also won 2 first prizes at the “International Warsaw Choir Festival 2007: Best choir & Best conductor and are officially part of the “International Federation for Choral Music” (IFCM).