How does that old expression go?
"Music soothes the savage beast..."
or something like that.
Anyhoo, whilst music may sooth the savage beast it does not sooth Nanny. In fact she is so annoyed by music, that she is seeking to have it played more quietly.
Our old friends in Nanny's Health and Safety department have decided that music is way too dangerous, and are seeking to implement certain health and safety rules.
Whenever I hear the phrase "health and safety" I instinctively reach for the sick bag.
I digress, Nanny has decided to tell orchestras to stop playing too many noisy pieces in a performance. The Control of Noise at Work regulations came into force last year, and cap daily or weekly average exposure to 85 decibels.
The music and entertainment industry was given two more years to implement the new rules.
A working group, including the Association of British Orchestras, the English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Equity, the Health and Safety Executive and the Musicians Union, is now apparently discussing how the guidelines could apply.
Aside from playing less noisy pieces, orchestras may be told to supply earplugs to the performers.
Quite how the players are meant to perform at their best, if they are wearing earplugs is beyond me. That being said, Beethoven was deaf when he composed "Ode To Joy" (rather a noisy piece).
What baout pop concerts then?
Aren't they a tad noisy too?
Liz Forbes, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's concerts director, is unimpressed:
"Very few concerts use earplugs.
They're not ideal for hearing the ensemble
and what colleagues are doing."
Somewhat over the top wouldn't you say?
So let's give two fingers to Nanny, and let rip at full volume with this version of the Ode To Joy.
It will also put you in the right frame of mind, and banish those Monday morning blues".
Click here: Ode To Joy and give someone the horn this morning!