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Boy who sang for The Queen to join world class music school

PUBLISHED: 17:58 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

A CHILD prodigy who has sung for HM the Queen has been selected to join one of the most prestigious music schools in the world.

A CHILD prodigy who has sung for HM the Queen has been selected to join one of the most prestigious music schools in the world.

Dominic Jelf, 13, and also his sister Maya, 10, were chosen to join the Royal College of Music in London in September.

It is the latest string in the bow of the talented pair, from Southborough Lane, Bickley, who both play the Cello, Double Bass and Piano.

Dominic, who attends St Olaves Grammar school, in Goddington Lane, Orpington, was delighted to hear of his success. He said: "I was over the moon, it was such a nice feeling to get into one of the best music conservatoires in the world.

"There were lots of people at my audition, and only about one in 20 who attend are offered a place."

Dominic, who turned down a place at the Royal Academy to take up his role at the Music College, has previously sung for the Queen as a boy treble in the choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, in the Strand.

Hi mother, Belinda Jelf, 43, said: "I am very, very proud of him.

"He has been very interested in music since he saw people playing the cello when he was only in year two at school.

"Even then he asked me if he could have lessons, and he has been playing ever since."

The siblings have enjoyed a string of success in all their instruments at both a local and national level, and together they picked up the family duet award at the 2010 Beckenham festival.

They are both members of the National Children's Orchestra.

Despite his clear ability in the music department, Dominic says that his main career aim sits elsewhere.

He said: "I would like to look into a professional career in music, but my main goal is still to become a surgeon.


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