10 young finalists announced for ‘busk off’ at Mayor’s youth question session

The young buskers will be competing for a highly prized year’s license to perform on London Underground

Tags: Sting, Boris Johnson, Your London, Your Say’

14th September 2009: The lines are closed and the votes have been counted, and 10 lucky London musicians are through to the final round of the Mayor’s busking competition. The young buskers will be competing for a highly prized year’s license to perform on London Underground, as well as a brand new acoustic guitar, courtesy of Epiphone Guitars, and a Fender Precision Bass signed and donated by legendary musician Sting.
The unique music competition is part of the Mayor’s Rhythm of London music education campaign. The Mayor will announce the winner after a live ‘busk off’ at the Mayor’s Young People’s Consultation Meeting ‘Your London, Your Say’ on September 17th at the Indigo O2.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says: ‘Our city boasts many talented young musicians and this is certainly reflected in the immense quality of our busking finalists. My Rhythm of London campaign aims to nurture the capital’s aspiring musicians and I want to congratulate every finalist for their hard work in getting this far. I really look forward to meeting and listening to all the buskers at my young people’s question time, which promises to be a lively debate.”
At the ‘Your London, Your Say’ meeting over 1,000 young people aged 13 – 21 years will be invited to question the Mayor on a range of important issues from crime, to education and transport. Joining the Mayor and his advisers on the panel will be Ashley Banjo from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winning dance troupe Diversity.
The busking scheme was one of the highlights of Rhythm of London, two days of music events and activities organised by the Mayor in July, as part of his drive to increase musical opportunities and education for all young Londoners. At the event a Rhythm of London Music Education Handbook will be launched that is set to go to every school in the capital to highlight music education work in the city.
The busking finalists are: Jamie West, Mike Auger, Cherry Lee, James Selvadurai, Eric Lajoie, Chris Read, Phoebe Martha, duo’s Jannah Warlow & Paul Bryce, Tabitha Dalton & Aashraya Shankar,  Kiernan Brunt & Patrick Milne.
All of the busking performances can be viewed on the official website –

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