Volunteers in action

Matt HollinsBuskBiker limbers up

Matt Hollins plans to busk around Europe by bicycle this summer to raise funds for Musequality. With an amp, guitar and microphone attached to his bike, he’ll set off from Bristol during World Busk week on 11 June, travelling through London, Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Milan, Lyon, Barcelona and Paris before returning home. Watch out for the man with the audio-enabled bike!

Follow him on Twitter/BuskBikeMatt and Tumblr: BuskBikeMatt  or make a donationGood luck Matt!

LIOGala performance

The London International Orchestra held a magnificent Gala Concert in March, conducted by Paul Wynne Griffiths and led by David Juritz. One highlight was the performance by 14-year-old soloist Louisa-Rose Staples of the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Mendelssohn and Carmen Fantasy by Sarasate. Louisa-Rose is a rising star from the Yehudi Menuhin school. The audience was also delighted by the surprise appearance of the lyric soprano Pumeza Matshikiza, who sang Mimi’s Aria from La Bohème. Pumeza has been described as ‘one of today’s most exciting new operatic voices’ by the Independent. We are grateful to the sponsors, The Bertha Foundation, and everyone involved for a wonderful evening. 

Child's PlayKeeping up in touch

Many thanks to Kelly McCann who is helping us with our social media. Kelly recently visited the Hamara School for underprivileged children in Goa, one of our partner educational institutes. The Child’s Play (India) Foundation has provided violin lessons at the school since 2010. Kelly met up with project founder Dr Luis Dias to watch some of the kids practising the violin and receiving one-on-one tutoring. She is a keen photographer and took some great shots during her visit.
‘The kids were smiling and energetic, each eagerly awaiting their turn with the tutor and surprisingly able to maintain concentration, despite my camera flash going off!’ she reports. Help Kelly to spread the word @Musequality and @Worldbusk by keeping up to date with our tweets and re-tweeting to all interested parties. KellyMcCann

The sound of silence

Celia Harper's Chiswick Baroque group performed another of its atmospheric ‘Music and Silence’ recitals at the church of St Saviour Wendell Park in West London on Saturday 29 March. Chiswick Baroque was joined by violinist David Juritz in a programme that included works by Bach, Byrd, Morales, Skempton and Harper. The music was punctuated by short periods of silence for contemplation and reflection.

Creative Carmeleons

The Carmeleons at the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde, a Protestant church in Rottenburg, Germany, held a concert in March in aid of Child’s Play India. The Carmeleons choir and band are a versatile youth group, performing everything from a cappella to gospel and rock. They collected a fine total of £817.

Chelsea ensembleFriends raise funds

Four amateur musicians, Kim Polman, Sophie Zaaijer, Murat Uyanmis and Jeremy Bradshaw, gave a recital at the lovely Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London on Friday 17 January. The quartet, named Music for Friends, played a selection of works by Beethoven, Korngold, Shostakovich and finally the beautiful Phantasy Piano Quartet by Frank Bridge. Musequality chairman John Buck spoke about the charity’s work and the guests donated nearly £500.


London ChorusA chorus of carols

It was a full house on Saturday 21 December for the London Chorus concert in aid of Musequality at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Chiswick. The choir, under the direction of Ronald Corp, gave magical performances of carols old and new, Sandy Burnett read poetry, and Paul Jeanes played the organ. Mulled wine and mince pies rounded off the evening. We are grateful to Fuller’s Brewery for their sponsorship and Manasian, Tesco, Cote Chiswick and Lucy Briers for their generous support.


Christmas is coming

In what has become a regular event, the children of Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School entertained Christmas shoppers by singing carols outside Waterstones Chiswick to raise funds for Musequality.


Ironman completed

Matt Peacock at the finishHaving just finished his professional finance exams, Matthew Peacock has eschewed the party scene to take on two rather daunting challenges. He has signed up and will be competing in the Mallorca 70.3 Ironman on the 11 May and in the Zurich full Ironman on the 28 July. The Mallorca 70.3 consists of a 2km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21km run. The Zurich Ironman consists of a 4km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run.  Matt completed the Zurich Ironman on Sunday 28 July. On a blisteringly hot day Matt battled against temperatures of over 35 degrees C to finish in 11 hours 31 minutes, a result that placed him well within the top quarter of an impressive field of athletes. result that placed him well within the top quarter of an impressive field of athletes. Matt raised £1237.50 for Musequality!

Chris Buck

Triathlon triumph

Chris Buck had a busy weekend on 27th /28th July – he joined 13,000 other competitors taking part in the Virgin London Triathlon.  He swam 1.5km, cycled 40km and ran 10km. He raised £690 for Musequality, and the law firm where he has recently started work generously matched his efforts by chipping in a further £500!  So another great supporter broke the £1000 barrier for Musequality.  Well done Chris!

Incredible journey

Kathi Hess - end of the journeyKathi Hess was brought up in Karlsruhe, Germany, studied Biology in York, England, then  moved to Spain in September 2012 to work in cancer research. When she arrived in Madrid she bought a second-hand racing bike to cycle to work with, and although the bike was in a terrible state, she grew to love it.

Cycling became one of her passions.  One day she had the idea to cycle to Germany. The idea stuck in her head for over six months and she decided to do it – for charity.  So her goal was to cycle 2250km (1400miles) from Madrid in Spain to Karlsruhe in Germany in 30 days, 2nd August - 31st August.  She decided to fundraise for Musequality, with a target of 1 Euro for every km cycled. 

Super-fit, equipped with a new top-quality bike by Orbeo – which Kathi named “Relampago” (“Lightning”) - and with the good wishes of friends, Kathi set off on her amazing journey.  She started with the long climb out of Madrid over the Nevacerrada mountains, then over the plains of Castilla y Leon to the north coast of Spain.  Passing through Santander, Bilbao and San Sebastian, she crossed into France on 1th August.  Then it was north again via Bordeaux and Orleans to Paris, and finally eastward through Nancy and into Germany.  

Well-wishers and supporters along the route kept her going and kept on giving.  She arrived on schedule to a warm welcome in Karlsruhe and promptly organised an exhibition of some of the wonderful photos she had taken en route.

Ironman Challenges

Having just finished his professional finance exams, Matthew Peacock has eschewed the party scene to take on two rather daunting challenges. He has signed up and will be competing in the Mallorca 70.3 Ironman on the 11 May and in the Zurich full Ironman on the 28 July. The Mallorca 70.3 consists of a 2km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21km run. The Zurich Ironman consists of a 4km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run. Matthew is raising funds for Musequality and we wish him well. Please donate as much as you feel able. More

Beginners please

David TomlinsonIn his continued bid to learn to play the clarinet and to raise more money for Musequality, volunteer David Tomlinson is to take his Grade 4 exam this week. ‘ Trepidation,’ David said. ‘I know the scales and arpeggios intimately. I wish my fingers would understand this’.
Last summer, newly retired volunteer David Tomlinson decided to realise a childhood ambition and raise money for Musequality at the same time by learning to play the clarinet. With the help of his teacher, Janet Eggledon, he passed his grade 2 exam in March. David has already raised £511 for Musequality. Visit his fundraising page here. We wish David all the best in his next exam. MoreSkydiving into the Money

Indefatigable Latymer Upper School has arranged for two teachers and 14 year-twelve children to take part in a tandem skydive to raise money for Musequality. The jump is booked for the 19 May 2013, subject to weather conditions. Latymer arranges two skydives a year. So far 67 students and six staff have skydived, raising £12,000 for charities including Whizzkids, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Hope HIV and Childhealth Advocacy International. The skydiving is organised by Latymer teacher Barry Bladon history teacher and a keen musician, who says this will be his seventh jump with the school for charity.

Christmas events for Musequality

Chiswick Baroque, a five-voice a cappella singing group, signals the start of the festive season with a concert of advent music at 4pm on Sunday 2 December at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith. Come along and enjoy the performance, which will include traditional and modern advent carols as well as a cappella music from the 11th to the 21st centuries. Half the money raised will go to Musequality.

Two west London schools will be entertaining Christmas shoppers as they busk to raise money for Musequality. Children from the Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School, led by Natalie Simmons, will perform outside Waterstones in Chiswick on Saturday 1 December at 4.30pm. The choir of West London Free School, meanwhile, will sing outside the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith on Wednesday 12 December in the Christmas Choir Competition. Carol concert

Candles, carols, children singing, audience carols, mulled wine...what better way to welcome in Christmas? And it's all for charity too... Come and join Fulham Camerata and Fulham Children's Choir for a wonderful Christmas concert in support of Musequality. 7pm, 15 December, St Andrew's Church W14 9SA
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Candles, carols, children singing, audience carols, mulled wine...what better way to welcome in Christmas? And it's all for charity too... Come and join Fulham Camerata and Fulham Children's Choirfor a wonderful Christmas concert in support of Musequality. 7pm, 15 December, St Andrew's Church W14 9SA

Fundraising the Pennines way

In August cyclist Cluny Macpherson completed a 100-mile bike ride through the Yorkshire Dales to raise nearly £1,500 for Musequality. Along with hundreds of other participants in the organised event, he rode for nine hours through pouring rain, braving steep hills and wayward cows to earn our awed admiration and grateful thanks.

The epic ride, titled ‘King of the Pennines’, began in Skipton before winding through some of the finest (and highest) scenery in the country. Peaceful heather moors gave way to testing gradients and Cluny survived a stitch, cramp and three hours of rain as he grimly pedalled his way past the feed-stations. Having conquered the final big climb from Barden Tower to Barden Moor, he crossed the finishing line eight hours and 58 minutes after he started. ‘I had my moments,’ he recalls, ‘some of them quite long, of wondering why I was doing it.’ But we are very grateful that he did, and the money he raised will be put to excellent use.

Highs and lows

Cluny Macpherson’s fundraising ride through the Yorkshire Dales was a real test of willpower and stamina. Here he describes the experience in his own words. ‘The ride was part of an organised event (a ‘sportive’) called King of the Pennines, and a few hundred people took part on either the 100 or 50 mile route. We started off in Skipton about 0830 in groups of 20 or so with timing chips attached to our helmets and hopefully enough bananas, jelly babies and spare inner tubes to keep us going.

‘The first 20 miles or so passed very quickly and sociably. The first of the four or five big hills was out the back of Malham Cove when the heavy breathing and steep climb kept chat to a minimum, and groups started breaking up as people found their own pace. We then had a lovely 10 miles or so on the quiet roads and heather moors before dropping back down into Kettlewell and the first feedstation.

‘The next section took us up through the flat bottom of Langstrothdale before hill number two took us across the highest road in Yorkshire. I had to have a break at the top as I started to suffer from stitch/cramp. The climb was rewarded with a fantastic downhill stretch towards Hawes where the cyclists with speedometers reached over 45mph.

‘Then it started raining and carried on raining quite heavily for the next three hours. This was bad. This felt like much more of a relentless slog and I was quite dispirited when I arrived at the second feedstation, well off my expected time – 65 miles done and it had already taken five hours. The next section turned south through one of my favourite dales, Coverdale. Unfortunately it was pretty well nine miles uphill, interrupted only by a herd of cows and calves that had escaped on to the road. Being a country boy at heart I bravely led my co-cyclists through the herd with original and inspired cries of “moo!” and “out of the way, cows!”

‘The very steep downhill on a road called Park Rash (which features in a book of the best 100 road climbs in England) took us back down to feed-stop number three. My spirits lifted as I realised I was only 20 miles from the end. They then dropped again as I realised I was 20 miles from the end.

‘I knew one big climb remained, up from Barden Tower on to Barden Moor, and started to worry that I might have to get off and walk. However, at the start of the climb the very welcome sign “5 miles to go” appeared and gave a boost to everyone. The final climb conquered (I actually shed a tear of relief at the top) and it was four miles back down to Skipton, crossing the finishing line eight hours and 58 minutes after I left.

‘I had my moments, some of them quite long, of wondering why I was doing it and promising myself that that was it for long-distance cycling. But I appear to have booked myself on a little 60-miler on the North York Moors next weekend...’

Let’s dance

Thank youReading Blue Coat School recently held a lower school disco in aid of Musequality that raised a magnificent £1,169.84. Angus Trott, a year 7 pupil, gave a beautiful performance of ‘Out of Africa’ on his flugel horn to accompany film footage of Musequality’s Kampala projects. The cheque was handed over to Musequality supporter Jim Trott at a special school assembly.

The assembly was closed with a message directly from MLISADA and Bethlehem Orphanage recorded in Kampala. You can watch it here.

Journey’s end

Anthony HewittIn May, concert pianist Anthony Hewittcompleted his marathon bike ride across Britain, giving numerous piano performances along the way. ‘The Olympianist’ cycled 1,200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and has so far raised over £13,000 (including gift aid) for Musequality and other music and children’s charities.

Partnership bears fruit

The Kampala Symphony Orchestra has recently performed two highly successful concerts in Kampala, conducted by Russell Keable, director of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra in the UK. Russell’s visit was organised as part of a partnership between the two orchestras known as KSO2.

Kampala Music School, the home of the KSO, was where Musequality began, when our founder David Juritz was inspired by a meeting with KMS director Simon Yiga. Musequality introduced the orchestras to each other and helped fund Russell’s trips to train and conduct the KSO. We are delighted to see this partnership bearing such productive fruit.

Beginners please

David TomlinsonLast summer, newly retired volunteer David Tomlinson decided to realise a childhood ambition and raise money for Musequality at the same time by learning to play the clarinet. With the help of his teacher, Janet Eggledon, he passed his grade 2 exam in March and is now focused on his next major target – performing at a World Busk event this June. David aims to raise £1,000 for Musequality through sponsorship, and is already almost halfway there. Visit his fundraising page here.

Band aid

Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London, recently held a Band Night in aid of Musequality. Organised and performed by sixth formers, acts ranged from solo acoustic guitar to rock bands. An acapella band, The L*s, comprising five teachers, also made a guest appearance.

Brass for Africa

The Silver Screen Big Band will be staging an audiovisual spectacular to support the Good Shepherd Home in Kampala. There will be two performances on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May at The Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 from Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell, or Newbury Building Society, Broad Street, Wokingham. Email

Olympianist in training for his epic journey

Bicycle rideConcert pianist Anthony Hewitt is training hard for his forthcoming Olympian journey, riding with Twickenham cycling club every week. Between 9 and 29 May, he will cycle 1,200 miles with piano ‘in tow’, giving recitals across Britain to raise funds for Musequality and other music and children’s charities.
Dates arranged so far include a clifftop performance in Portland, a recital in the Market Square at Newbury Spring Festival, and a concert on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Supporters will be able to watch part of each recital from Anthony’s viewpoint. Each day he will perform 1 of the 21 movements from Schumann’s Carnaval Op. 9 in chronological order and will be filmed with a Go Pro Sports Camera attached to Anthony’s head and uploaded to his website. This will be the first time that a professional musician will film himself in concert. If you would like to find out if he is playing in your area or make a donation, please Click here.

Happy birthday

A piece of music for solo violin, written by Julian Dawes especially for Musequality, was performed at the composer’s 70th birthday concert. The piece, entitled ‘Changing young people’s lives’, was played for the first time by David Juritz at the event, which was held at the Forge Arts Venue, London NW1, on 22 April 2012. The invited guests also enjoyed a range of music Julian has written for instruments, the theatre and television, and secular and religious vocal, performed by players committed to his music. Donations for Musequality were invited.

Music and silence

On 1 April 2012, David Juritz and Chiswick Baroque presented an hour and a quarter of musical meditation at St Saviour’s Church, Cobbold Road, London W12. A programme of contemplative music for solo violin, violin and voice and unaccompanied voices included works by Victoria, Bach, Morales, Tchaikovsky and Harper. The music arose out of and fell back into silence, providing a space for personal reflection. With Ros Keating, soprano, Shelley Smith, alto, Jean Paul Sinclair, tenor and Oliver Hinton, bass. Directed by Celia Harper. The event raised £460 for Musequality.

In concert

David Juritz and accordionist Milos Milivojevic played at a fundraising recital and supper on 5 March 2012 for 70 invited guests at the home of Elisabeth and Bob Boas in central London. Bob is a lifelong supporter of the arts and the guests included both longstanding supporters of Musequality and people new to our work. David and Milos played a spectacular programme of duos and solos, ranging from Bach and Mendelssohn to Victor Vlasov and Piazzolla, and the Musequality film was shown.

Workplace recital

BSI Group employees lunching in their staff restaurant were treated to a unique musical performance by David Juritz and accordionist Milos Milivojevic on 27 February 2012. The BSI Group, which is kindly hosting Musequality’s Chiswick office, had seen (and heard) nothing like it before. A number of BSI people lingered over their lunch to enjoy the music, and BSI Group chief executive Howard Kerr came to listen, before talking at length with the trustees about ways to strengthen the relationship with Musequality.

Singing soprano

The British soprano Patricia Rozario, who was born in Mumbai, was the star attraction at a recent benefit concert in aid of the Child’s Play (India) Foundation in Goa. Two of her students, Joanne D’Mello and Susanna Hurrell, also performed to a full house.

Chiswick Baroque

Chiswick Baroque are giving an afternoon concert of Advent music at Holy Innocents Church W6,11 December 4-6pm. Programme will include works by Philips, Hassler and Sibelius with Advent carols from mediaeval to 21st century. Also the premiere of a commissioned setting of Psalm 84 by Harper. 50% of the gate money will go to Musequality.

Retiring personalities

Spare a thought for Jeremy Bradshaw, one of our founding trustees, who took early retirement in May this year and may have looked forward to some peace and quiet. Instead he stepped into the role of Musequality’s executive director and is rapidly discovering that though the position doesn’t come with any kind of payment it does carry a huge workload. He’s doing a brilliant job.

Meanwhile David Tomlinson has been working with Musequality for a year since he retired. His role is to organise our annual World Busk and he has now been inspired to learn a musical instrument. He aims to become competent enough on the clarinet to join the World Busk 2012 ‘without frightening the horses!’ He also intends to raise £1,000 through a sponsored practice, so please encourage him with a donation. Visit his fundraising page.

Special concert

Bracknell and Wokingham Community Band gave a free end-of-term concert at Addington School, an extreme special needs school in Woodley, Reading. At one point, a young Down’s syndrome boy took the baton and conducted the band through a spirited rendering of ‘Hawaii Five-O’. The concert was the highlight of a week of fundraising events on the theme of Africa. There was an African market, African drummers, and cakes were baked and sold, with profits going to Musequality.

Cross-country run

Attia and friendsKarim Attiaand friends Simon and Andy ran from one side of the UK to the other in April to raise money for Musequality. The hardy trio loped from Arnside in Cumbria to Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Cleveland –120 miles across some very rugged terrain, including the Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors.