Upper Sixth form pupil Salim Jaffar has been awarded a Choral Scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, which he hopes to take up in October, alongside his offer to read Economics.
This is particularly special news for Dean Close because Salim will be joining OD Stephen Whitford in the choir, who was awarded a Choral Scholarship two years ago. This means there will be an unprecedented two Dean Close Old Boys singing in what is arguably the most famous choir in the world.
As a chorister in the Prep School, Salim toured extensively with the Schola Cantorum, singing in Strasbourg in 2008 at the closing event of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. He also performed as a soloist in Britten A Ceremony of Carols and Pergolesi Stabat Mater in the French Alps. Salim appeared as a treble on several recordings of the choir, and was the soloist in the Schola Cantorum’s recording of Stanford Magnificat in G. Although he finished his time as a chorister in 2012, Salim has continued singing throughout his years in the Senior School and was part of the Choir who sang for The Queen at the Royal Albert Hall’s WW1 Remembrance Service. After his voice changed, he initially sang as a baritone but discovered his Countertenor voice whilst attending an Eton Choral Course in 2015.
King’s College is renowned for its Radio 3 broadcasts, particularly the Nine Lessons and Carols Service on Christmas Eve, broadcast live on BBC radio and television to millions across the world. The choir is a springboard for internationally famous singers and Salim joins a long line of distinguished former pupils over many years from Dean Close who have been awarded Choral and Organ Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge.
Director of Choral Music, Simon Bell said: “We are thrilled and incredibly proud of this exceptional and extraordinary achievement. Salim is a high calibre young musician who fully deserves the opportunities and experiences that this award will bring.”