Musequality will close on 31st January 2015
The trustees have taken the very difficult decision to close Musequality at the end of its financial year, 31st January 2015. Details are in the newsletter we have sent all our supporters; please do read it here. Our websites (for Musequality and the Musequality World Busk) will remain up for the foreseeable future so that visitors to the sites can see how music projects can change young lives, learn about the remarkable achievements made by the projects we sponsored, take inspiration from the many imaginative busks and fundraising events held by Musequality supporters, and follow our tips for having a safe and enjoyable busk whatever the reason for their busk.
Sadly, we are no longer taking donations. If you are interested in supporting any of the projects direct, please do email us. We will write again, by newsletter, to all our supporters as we wind down to closure and update the News section.
World Busk Record Attempt
On 11 June 2014 over 1000 buskers performing in choirs, orchestras and bands from London to Mumbai attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Busk at Multiple Venues. To set the new world record, ten groups with a minimum of 25 buskers had to perform in unison at different venues. Musequality succeeded in getting 32 groups together across seven countries. Guinness World Records are now examining our photographic evidence and statements to confirm that we have indeed achieved the new record. An announcement will follow shortly. More information.
'Though my family denied me, music did not. It saved me.’ Henry, 12 years old, was living rough on the streets of Mbale, Uganda. He was sick, abused and without hope. Today Henry is a trumpeter at the Elgon Youth Development Centre, a project funded by Musequality. He has a home, a skill, and a future. Watch his film.
Why music education works
Around the world, our music projects are helping to change lives. Tender Talents Magnet School in Kampala, Uganda, founded by Frank and Brenda Katoola, educates children from underprivileged and difficult backgrounds. In 2007 Musequality began to fund a musical programme at the school. Three original participants are shining examples of what is possible. Patrick Nkugwa, a young man with a fine tenor voice, was selected to sing at prestigious concerts in America and the National Theatre of Uganda. He went on to graduate from Makerere University with a degree in IT, and recently released an album called ‘New Song’. Flavia Nampiinga learned singing and dancing and shared her skills with other disadvantaged children. She is currently studying mass communication at Nkumba University and is learning the violin. Julius Ssengooba sings bass and composes his own songs, and is studying for a BA in music at Makerere University. We hope to see many more children achieve their potential and build fulfilling lives. More
Over 1000 children are learning a musical instrument as a result of Musequality’s work to date, and the benefits will spread as our projects build partnerships with supporters abroad. Tender Talents Magnet School is working with Henrietta Barnett School and M-Lisada orphanage has joined up with Latymer Upper School. Elgon Youth Brass Band is working with Tasen Skolekorps in Oslo, while Island School and Canadian International School, both of Hong Kong, have linked up with Ban Mok Cham. Here’s to the next seven years.
BuskBikeMatt limbers up
Matt Hollins is going busking around Europe by bicycle this summer to raise funds for Musequality. He tells us he will mount a small amp to the back, attach his guitar, convert the saddle post to hold his microphone and set off from Bristol on 11 June - during World Busk Week. His itinerary looks like this: Bristol - London - Brussels - Berlin - Prague - Munich - Milan - Lyon - Barcelona - Paris - Home. So watch out for the man with the audio-enabled bike!
A life changed in Thailand
Kathamanee, one of the pupils at Huay Nam Yen (a Musequality project set up in memory of Felix Cooper Robinson) writes: "...I really wanted to learn music, but our school had only a few music instruments and all broken. One day our teacher told us we would have new instruments and a special teacher would come to teach us how to play. My friend and I were very happy because we wanted to learn. Now I can play many songs. Playing music makes me happy. I love to play in performances too."
Grateful thanks to Felix's family for deciding to remember him in this way.
Thanks to all our musicians in London who so far this year have raised nearly £6,000 for our projects.
The London Chorus concert delivered magical performances of carols old and new, while children from Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School sang carols at Waterstones Chiswick. Chiswick Baroque presented ‘Music and Silence’, a répertoire of music punctuated by short periods of silence, and Jeremy Bradshaw, Sophie Zaaijer, Kim Polman and Murat Uyanmis of the Music for Friends Quartet performed Frank Bridge’s beautiful Phantasy for Piano Quartet plus chamber pieces by Beethoven, Korngold and Shostakovich.The London International Orchestra conducted by Paul Wynne Griffiths gave a Gala Concert with young soloist Louisa Rose Staples and a surprise appearance by lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza. Thank you to all our fundraisers. MORE