Symphonies and Concertos keep teenagers away in Chalk Farm
PUBLISHED: 13:59 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 11:09 14 October 2010
IT will be music to the ears of anyone who has been plagued by boisterous teenagers.
A Chalk Farm hairdresser claims that arias instead of Asbos are the way to keep loitering teens at bay - as playing classical music outside his shop has sent them running.
Stavros Konstantinou, 43, had pupils of Haverstock School congregating outside his hair salon Oskar Pink, on Haverstock Hill.
Rather than opting for the controversial mosquito alarm which emits a piercing noise which only young people can hear he decided play some regular music that it seems only older people like.
“Some of our customers spend £150 and if there’s a big crowd of teenagers outside it can deter clients,” he told the Ham&High.
“I started playing the music last week and within a few minutes of playing it the kids were gone. I think it’s because they find it uncool.”
John Dowd, headteacher of Haverstock School, said that they had tried to help keep their students away from the hairdresser but they loitered there because they visit a fast-food restaurant next door.
On the classical music approach he voiced some scepticism.
“Young people are as receptive to good quality music as everyone else,” before adding, “I assume his programme contains The Barber of Seville and The girl with the Flaxen Hair.”
Classical musician and former director of the Hampstead and Highgate festival George Vass thinks it is sad that classical music is being used to deter youngsters and does not think it will work.
He said: “Some teenagers like classical music. They also play classical music in West Hampstead station to relieve commuter stress which is rather nice.
“But playing classical music to deter youngsters is bonkers and I hope it does not work. It strikes me that is is making people more narrow minded about classical music. If you start fighting bad behaviour with classical music it is rather sad.”
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