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Pupil at Purcell School Gayatri Nair's music video attracts over 125,000 hits
A young classical musician studying in Bushey has just passed 125,000 hits for her latest acoustic cover.
One week ago, a video was uploaded of Purcell School student, Gayatri Nair, singing and playing the piano to David Guetta’s Titanium featuring Sia Furler.
The 11-year-old has appeared on Nickelodeon TV, Channel 4, BBC One and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
Gayatri’s father, Sunil, edits and uploads the videos to YouTube and manages her website.
Freelance software architect, Sunil, 43, said: "I admire her willingness to work so hard. I still cannot believe how determined she is."
Sunil, who currently lives in Peckham with his wife, Jasmine, said Gayatri has been playing the piano and singing for almost four years.
"She wants to establish herself in piano and then move onto the singing side. I think being established as a pianist is important."
He added: "I think, based on that foundation, she can build her future."
The youngster is a boarder at The Purcell School, which is the oldest specialist music school in the UK.
Gayatri was born in Madras, India, and her family moved to London when she was two years old.
She joined the school after receiving a Music and Dance Scholarship from the Department of Education.
Sunil said, although Gayatri has been playing the piano for nearly four years, that is relatively late in life to start.
"Piano is very competitive because most students start when they are about three years old. She has had to compete with pupils with much more experience."
Her father said: "We are not musicians. It was actually her teacher that realised her singing potential and other people have said what a lovely voice she has."
Although the budding young star often plays classical pieces and sings Gospel music, Sunil said Gayatri’s idols are pop artists Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.