Sour note at shops for ‘noisy’ youth orchestra

A YOUTH orchestra was asked to leave a shopping centre after complaints that it was too noisy.

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra was playing a mixture of traditional Christmas and classical music to raise money for charity.

But their three-hour session was cut short after the Victoria Centre in Nottingham received complaints about the noise on Saturday.

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The orchestra, made up of 40 students aged between 11 and 18 with a musical ability of grade four and above, had been booked by Intu to play between 10am and 1pm – but was told to finish at 11am.

Intu, which runs the Victoria Centre, said it was forced to stop the music after receiving a number of complaints about the noise levels.

Ian Burton, head of Nottingham Music Service, said the orchestra performed outside in Trinity Square after leaving the centre.

Mr Burton said: “Our orchestra is well known for playing with energy and enthusiasm.

“When our initial venue on Saturday (where we had a large, enthusiastic audience) cut our concert short it took us only a few moments to find another venue that was more than happy for us to perform.”