Mccultured! Australian Fast Food Restaurant Plays Loud Classical And Opera Music To Stop Gangs Loitering

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Musical deterrent: A McDonalds store in Australia has begun playing classical and opera music from its speakers to deter groups of youths from hanging around

The branch of the fast food outlet in the Mount Annan region of Sydney, New South Wales, began playing the music when the manager became fed up of groups of teenagers loitering late at night. Several weeks since classical music was introduced to the restaurant, its manager claims that the unusual ploy is paying off. Musical deterrent: A McDonalds store in Australia has begun playing classical and opera music from its speakers to deter groups of youths from hanging around (picture posed by models) Matthew Watson told the Macarthur Chronicle newspaper: ‘We’ve noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we’ll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks. ‘We play a range of classical and opera music and so far it seems to be working.’ Local residents commended the tactic on the newspaper’s Facebook page agreeing that it was driving away youths. Anorexic woman who dropped to four stone on a diet of peas reveals how McDonald’s job saved her life Sara Carrick posted: ‘Great idea and It is working! ‘I work nights nearby and it has made a massive difference already to the lingering and loitering in the car park.’ But not all residents were as happy with the musical deterrent.
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Clemency Burton-Hill: Mozart would be ‘outraged’ to hear classical music is for the elite

Clemency Burton-Hill

Arguing the glorious music of the worlds best composers should speak to everyone, she said: Its basically a great big sonic party to which everyone in the world should feel invited. Related Articles How Britten proved the sneerers wrong 22 Nov 2013 Burton-Hill, a 32-year-old violinist and presenter, is the latest addition to Radio 3s breakfast slot, which she will present for the first time on December 2 alongside Petroc Trelawny. She has now argued classical music should be for all to enjoy, with intellectual knowledge not a prerequisite for enjoying classical music. Writing about her passion for the genre in the Mail on Sundays Event magazine this weekend, she said it breaks my heart a little every time I hear someone say, Oh, I love classical music, but I dont really understand it Admitting it is one of the most intellectually complex art forms we have, she added: To be able to understand classical music, all you need is ears, an open mind, and to be able to feel. Burton-Hill disclosed she had grown up listening to anything I could get my ears on, including classical favourites and Britpop bands such as Oasis, Radiohead, and Blur. She has now argued classical music is exactly the same as any other type of music, saying everything from Vivaldi to a cover version on X Factor is all a powerful means of communicating emotion. She told the magazine: There is no right way to hear a piece of classical music: after all, these works are robust enough to have survived centuries worth of varying reactions and interpretations.
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Now That’s What I Call Relaxing Classical makes my blood boil

It resists being embalmed. Classical music, alas, doesnt always resist. Much of it is sedately slow moving and beautiful, with a plush aural surface that connotes luxury as surely as a top-of-the-range Harrods sofa. It takes an effort to get past that licked surface, and find the often unruly emotions and intellectual adventure that lies beneath. (Ive tried to offer some help with that, in my Classical 50 Playlist .) Related Articles Happy 30th birthday Now Thats What I Call Music! 28 Nov 2013 Unruliness and adventure have to be avoided at all costs in something called Now Thats What I Call Relaxing Classical. Everything has to seem perfectly familiar, and perfectly safe.
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