World Busk 2014

Pitch up, pitch in
Monday 9 June to Sunday 15 June, 2014

Musequality World Busk® 2014 is set to rock the world as musicians across the globe come together to raise funds for Musequality. We support communal music-making projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries, giving them the skills, experience and confidence they need to turn their lives around.

This fun-filled and adventurous week of music will take place around the world from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June. In the UK, London Underground will be allocating special busking hot-spots to Musequality for our buskers, including three major stations - Southwark, Canary Wharf and Greenwich North – throughout the week.

This year we will attempt the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Busk at Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday 11 June at 18:00 British Summer Time (GMT+1). Find out what time this is where you are.

The target we have to beat is 10 locations, with at least 25 buskers at each location, busking simultaneously for at least 5 minutes. As part of this record-smashing attempt, more than 300 licensed London Underground buskers will be invited to join forces and perform together. They will be joined across the world by celebrities, professional and amateur musicians, and children at many other venues.

Thank you to everyone who has already registered:

UK groups signed up for the GWR attempt are the Citi Group Choir, BSI choir, Haifa Jordan and Friends, Musequality Philharmonic, Dulwich, Lauderdale and Wallington Suzuki groups.

Schools also signed up include the Alec Reed Academy, Latymer Upper School, Notting Hill and Ealing High, and the Southbank International School’s Little Venice Suzuki Group and Cumnor House from Croydon playing in Slovenia,

In Oxford we have jazz with Jordy Juritz and Friends, Matt Hollins Group in Bristol, Naked Voices and Friends in Brighton.

Global buskers signed up for the GWR attempt, include the Palo Alto Chamber Group in the US. Sergio Feferovich, conductor of the Argentine Choirs, Clave de Si and Provisorio in Buenos Aires. Zama Montessori School, Hugo Lambrechts Music Academy, Keiskamma Music Academy in South Africa,The Music Project in Sri Lanka, Elgon Youth Development Centre and Tender Talents Magnet School in Uganda and the National Street for Performing Arts Mumbai, India.

Other world groups(non GWR) Beau Soleil Music Centre in South Africa. Ensemble Sirenide for Musequality-Casanova Baroque Orchestra in Italy, and Child’s Play Foundation, Goa in India,

Other registered UK groups (non GWR) include Tim Dowling with Police Dog Hogan, Pennthorpe School, Horsham, Kiltearn Fiddlers, Highlands, Barbershop Quartet, Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton, the Music Alters Everything (MAE) Foundation in Shropshire, Singing it Back Choirs in Kingston

Other solo or smaller groups who are registered for the World Busk week include the Bow Beau Belles, Milos Milivojevic, Offbeat, Pram chorus, Naima Neto, Charline Tokan, Helen Spiby-Vann, Ishani Bhoola, Eva Alcantarilla, Alena Casey, Vincent Laux, Jayanti Mitra-Valdez, Indian violin group (Jyotsna), Barney Spigeland, Diana Russell, Cathy Schofield and pupils in London. Sammy Hollister from Funky Voices, Dominic Ormson in Cardiff, Graham Godfrey in Suffolk, William Emslie, Julian Coogan, Claudia Jones and Misha Sutherland in the UK.

Further afield musicians include Fergus Mckay in France, Ruskin Herman from Spain, Julie Robinson in Jersey, El Camino – The Journey in South Africa, Lex Hart in Salt Lake City, Jana Debusk, in New York, Sphinx Music in Detroit and Gina Mauro from Albany in the US. John Abraham and Friends in Canada, and Adam Taylor and Glen McAllister in Australia.

‘We’re looking for musicians of all kinds and any level, age, shape or size. Whatever kind of music you play, whether you’re plucking a ukulele or have a 100-piece orchestra behind you, what really makes the difference is enth usiasm,’ says Musequality founder, David Juritz.

To participate in World Busk® 2014 Please register today or email us now to receive further details.

Musequality World Busk® was launched in 2009 after David Juritz set out to busk in countries on all seven continents for nearly five months, starting on 9 June 2007. With only his violin, backpack and an empty wallet, he set off to raise money and awareness for the newly formed charity. Since then our busking tradition has thrived, attracting many musicians across the world to get involved and make a difference to young lives. More

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World Busk® 2014 islooking for volunteers to join us, helping to raise funds or become an information provider. If you are interested in either position, please email us and we will tell you more.

Did you know?

Did you know that many famous bands and soloists started out as buskers? Sir Paul McCartney, The Feeling, Badly Drawn Boy, Tom Jones, KT Tunstall, Hayley Westenra and The Voice UK’s current contestant Beth McCarthy have all busked on the streets. Maybe busking could be the start of a glittering career for you, too.

"Well we have already bought the bass drum and the tenor drum and it has really changed our music. We just wish you were here to hear the sound. For the past week a group of street kids came to our home and they wanted to stay with us but we talked to them about the place not being big enough for us to stay all together so they just come for music in the evening and they go back."

Bosco Segawa

M-LISADA Brass Band, Kampala

MLisada Brass band