Friday, October 12, 2007

Concert Musicians Need Not Apply

If they expect to be allowed to practice in Britain's public housing. At least in Manchester:

Two musicians are looking for a new home after council officials threatened to seize their violins because of "noise nuisance".

Oliver Morris and Hazel Ross, both 25, received a letter from Manchester's anti-social behaviour action team, telling them their violin practice "will not be tolerated" and "the behaviour must not continue".

Mr Morris, who has performed with the Halle and BBC Symphony Orchestras, said: "We are definitely moving because of the situation and because of the way it has been dealt with."

The council's letter said further practice would lead to a Noise Abatement Notice being issued, which could be followed by a warrant to enter the property and seize the violins.

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