Musequality Announces Raffle Winners

Who helped raise funds for a music project for street children in Goa

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Musequality, one of the charities benefiting from this year’s Bedford Park Festival, raised £563 by selling raffle tickets, button badges and CDs during the Bedford Park Festival. The money raised will go towards setting up a music project for street children in Goa, India, giving them a chance to learn skills and qualities that will lift them out of poverty, off the streets and away from the dangers of a drug culture, violence and crime.

“I’m hugely grateful to St Michael’s and All Angels for supporting Musequality,” said David Juritz, the founder of the charity. “The Green Day weekend is the best two days of the year to be in Chiswick. I set out on my round the world busk to launch Musequality at the opening of Green Day last year so I missed most of it. This year we had a stall there so we were able to stay around to talk to people about our projects and to sell those raffle tickets. It was a brilliant weekend.

‘We’d like to thank the organisations that donated some fantastic prizes – and, of course, all those who bought raffle tickets. The money we raised at our stall will enable us to buy about a dozen violins and two cellos at the market rate in Goa – and give children who’ve had a very tough start in life a chance to get involved in music with all the benefits that that brings.”

Musequality already supports four projects (two in Kampala, Uganda, one in Cape Town and one in Soweto, South Africa). As well as fundraising for the project in Goa it is planning a project for children in a Shan community in Thailand and another for child refugees on the northern Thailand border with Burma. If you would like to know more, to help or make a donation, please visit

Winners of the raffle, in alphabetical order, were:

1. Winsome Gillette-Fussell two tickets for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cadogan Hall (Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain, Bruch Violin Concerto No 1, Dvorak Symphony No 9 From the New World) (tickets donated by the RPO)
2. Maria Ketley two tickets for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall (an evening of Elgar with Christopher Warren-Green, conductor, and Julian Lloyd Webber, cello) (tickets donated by Raymond Gubbay Ltd)
3. Di Kyle two tickets for the English Chamber Orchestra, Cadogan Hall (an evening of Mozart) (tickets donated by the English Chamber Orchestra)
4. Tess Powell two tickets for Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, Phoenix Theatre (tickets donated by Bill Kenwright Limited)
5. Frances Tate two tickets for the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall (Bartok Suite, The Miraculous Mandarin; Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2; Stravinsky Oedipus Rex) (tickets donated by The Philharmonia Orchestra)
6. Mrs C Williamson two tickets for the London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall (Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 and Walton Oratoria Belshazzar’s Feast) (tickets donated by the LSO)

July 9, 2008