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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 08:24 GMT 09:24 UK
Violinist in global charity busk
David Juritz
David Juritz will be earning his keep by playing the violin
A Proms violinist is planning to spend five months busking his way around the world to raise money for charity.

David Juritz is travelling across 25 countries over the next four-and-a-half months, after setting off from a London Tube station on Saturday.

The 60,000 mile trip, called Round the World and Bach, will be paid for by the money he earns from passers-by.

Any further money raised will be donated to a music charity that helps people in the developing world.

Mr Juritz, who was a soloist with the London Mozart Players in the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts, will be playing Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin on his journey.

He will be seeking sponsorship for a new fund, Musequality, which is intended to support communal music projects in poor areas.

Student busking

He said he thought of the idea last summer and will have to raise money for all his flights, accommodation and food for his journey, which will include Germany, Sweden, India, Australia and Mexico before ending in America in October.

"I was thinking about the music of JS Bach, which is perhaps the biggest challenge for any violinist," he explained.

"Instead of thinking of concert halls it reminded me of my student days when I used to busk to earn money."

Mr Juritz, who is from South Africa, said the idea of his trip came "after a couple of minutes of thought."

He added: "Maybe if I thought about it a bit longer now I wouldn't be doing it now.

"I've been practising a little bit on audiences and they've been incredibly generous, so if that was an indicator it's going to be dead easy.

"But even more difficult is getting through the red tape, which is quite considerable."

His first task was to raise enough money to afford a ticket for the Underground to begin his journey from Turnham Green Tube station for a trip to Paris.




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