Rude remarks hit a sour note with busking teen

Kim Becker, 17
Kim Becker, 17
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A talented teenage musician was left upset after being verbally abused while busking in the town centre to raise money for a new instrument.

Student Kim Becker, 17, was playing her viola outside Booths when she was intimidated and forced to move by a man who told her, “You’re not good enough and you should play popular stuff people know.”

Kim, who’s grade eight and is playing at the BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra next month, said: “He was very aggressive and unpleasant. He made me leave and I was very upset.

“I’m trying to raise funds for my next viola and busking is a really good way.”

Kim’s mum, Kath, of Paradide Street, Chorley, said “This has happened once before, when someone was really nasty to Kim. “She’s a brilliant player and I can’t believe people could abuse a talented teenager who’s simply trying to earn some money and brightening up the town centre for shoppers.”

Kim added: “I’d be really grateful next time I’m busking to hear from people who would like to support me.”

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We do have some brilliant buskers in town and we’ve seen an increase in those since we held Chorley Live last year.

“We think they add to the atmosphere in the town centre and we have had some really good feedback – in fact we had a few comments saying just how good they were on Tuesday.

“I can understand the music played by buskers may not be to the taste of everyone.

“But rather than abuse them in the street, we’d ask people to walk by and be pleasant about it, or contact us if they are causing a problem.”