Video: Busking Leeds solicitor swaps courtroom for microphone

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Leeds solicitor David Apfel has left his high-powered job and is hitting the high street to fulfil a life-long dream to entertain.

The 69-year-old from Alwoodley has become a full-time street busker to follow his passion of singing.

David Apfel.

David Apfel.

David was a Yorkshire criminal defence solicitor for 30 years but now busks five days a week all over the north of England.

Yesterday, the talented performer entertained crowds at Trinity Leeds, filling the central atrium with his impressive voice.

David said: “I love meeting people and I love their response to my singing.

“They are always so kind and encouraging.

“The bigger the crowd, the easier I find it is to perform but I still get nervous.”

Comparing his past career with his current one, David said: “The legal world is a bit too money-driven.”

Wife Leonie Apfel, 65, said: “He sings beautifully.

“I was attracted to his voice when we met in 1974 and we’ve been married for 38 years now.”

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