First buskers in Antarctica

Violinist launches world record attempt

Antarctica’s penguins could be in for a musical treat when a group of buskers take to the ice this June. As part of a bid to stage the world’s largest ever busk, which will see people busking around the globe, four musicians will be playing at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station. The saxophonist and three bass guitarists will be playing to the 20-strong crew who live at the station throughout the winter.


The world busk, a week of events taking place from 8 to 14 June, is being run by Musequality, a charity that supports communal music-making projects for disadvantaged children around the world. Set up by violinist David Juritz, leader of the London Mozart Players and veteran busker after busking round the world in 2007, the charity hopes to set a world record for the most people busking at once. The record attempt will be made at 12 noon on Sunday 14 June.

Several UK groups have already confirmed they’ll be taking part, including Stendhal Brass, a brass quintet from the University of St Andrews, and Manchester University Wind Orchestra.


‘We’ve now got buskers – people from all walks of life – signed up on six of the seven continents,’ says Juritz. ‘We’re just waiting for our first busker in Australia or New Zealand.’