Welcome Bach - London’s Hero Busker

SallyB2
By SallyB2 Last edited 120 months ago
Welcome Bach - London’s Hero Busker
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Welcome bach, David Juritz. This classical musician can add another string to his already well-tuned bow – as an ace fund-raiser. He has spent the last 4½ months fiddling his way around the world, not only to cover the costs of his 50 city, 24 country tour, but also to raise an impressive £24,000.00 for is charity, Musequality, which helps finance music education for children in poverty-stricken Columbia and aids-stricken Uganda. It has been shown that early training in music can considerably raise the game for deprived children, and the healing power of music has never been disputed.

Juritz is normally to be found gracing concert halls in his role as concertmaster of London’s Mozart Players, but swapped the stage for the streets and ended up performing outside many of the world’s greatest venues for a change. He claims to have played his violin from 6am ‘til midnight many days – if you add that and the sheer bloody weight of all that loose change, he must be one tired traveller.

Londonist loves buskers – even bad ones can raise a smile, and talented ones have it within their power to soothe troubled brows, stop arguments, take us out of ourselves and give us a moment of thrilling respite mid-journey, mid-afternoon, mid-week, mid-winter. London could really do with one for every street corner. So perhaps next time our voyaging violinist sets off, perhaps he should send us a few exotic buskers back in place of postcards.

Piccie courtesy of comrade s’ flickr stream.

Last Updated 25 October 2007

Hugh

On the subject of concert-level musicians busking, there was a fascinating article in the Washington Post earlier this year. Less as a fund-raiser and more to see whether people would actually appreciate when a world-class musician was playing in their subway station....

The article is here

It's a fascinating, if a bit long, read...

SallyB2

Thanks Hugh.
I read the article. All of it. And you are right - it's absolutely brilliant.