Scherzo - The Busker Symphony

The Busker Symphony - Scherzo

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Broadcast on: Wednesday 4th April 2007 (Channel 4)
Featuring: Carloina Herrera, Stehen Hussey, Rev Colin Slee OBE, Joe Newman OBE, Ben Teacher, Craig Crawford Jones, Mark Campbell, Spencer Pearce, David Witney, Edward Till, Hilary Brennan, Rob "Bluesman" Bryce, Paul Iwala, Duncan Meadows, Chris Roberts, Cat Saumarez, Nathan Taylor

Music performed by: Hilary Brennan, Julie Claire, Nathan Taylor & Benjamin Till
Camera: Vic Marwaha
Edited by Jamie Foord
Music Produced by: Julian Simmons at DIN
Produced by: Julie Clare for Triplestop Films
Composed and Directed by: Benjamin Till 

This film featues buskers - and those who hate them - on the travelators at Waterloo Station.

Benjamin feels privileged to have featured two men with OBEs in the film.  

Silver Centurion, Duncan MeadowsJoe Newman (pictured), at 90, is the oldest busker in England, and possibly the world!
He plays the harmonica outside Fortnum & Mason's (in fact he is even on the staff there!) He busks entirely for Charity, raising money for Chelsea Widows.

The Reverend Colin Slee approached the film crew as they were rehearsing the Finale outside the Tate Modern.  

He complained vociferously about the noise that the buskers were making, so was invited to take part in the film.  

This film gives him the opportunity to have his say about buskers on the South Bank, which in his opinion, are an utter nuisance.

Click here to watch Movement 1: Andante
Click here to watch Movement 2: Adagio
Click here to watch Movement 4: Finale

Carolina HererraDJoe Newmaneliberately written as a Bach pastiche, the vocals for this track took 12 hours to record. Each singer recorded at least six different and highly complicated vocal lines, and a feeling of utter madness descended on the studio!

Photos show Duncan Meadows, the Silver Centurion, Joe Newman, and Caroline Herrera. Benjamin met Carolina at Westminster tube station, and was immediately struck by her beautiful singing voice. She is from Colombia.