June 2, 2011 12:42
Opera singer wants Lady Gaga's music banned because it’s like 'Japanese water torture'
Singer Trish Symons says the music used in a local school's 'Wake and Shake' campaign is "offensive"
An opera singer wants to ban a primary school in her village from playing Lady Gaga after comparing it to “Japanese dripping water torture”.
Trish Symon – who has worked with opera stars including Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, and as a body double for the EastEnders character Pat Butcher– has complained to environmental health officers, says the Daily Telegraph, because she finds the music played at Loders Primary School in Dorset as part of their Wake and Shake exercise sessions to be "offensive".
The school play music for five minutes in the morning as part of a scheme to combat childhood obesity, but Symon, who moved to the village last year, said: "We chose this village because I have a lot of stress-related illnesses, which means I wanted a nice quiet environment. At a quarter-to-nine of a morning I was assaulted by the noise of something I can only assume was like Lady Gaga-type music blasting through the walls.
"I applaud anything that is for the benefit of the children but I cannot see how annoying the neighbours is going to improve community relations. It is offensive and I have to stop it.
"It shatters the peace of the quiet village and becomes something that you dread, every morning I know this noise is going to start and it is like Japanese dripping water torture."
However, the school’s joint headmistress Shirley Gibbs said: "It [the Wake and Shake programme] is part of our school routine as it is with most schools across the country. With the agenda for obesity and the Government's way of tackling things, Wake and Shake contributes to the national agenda as well.
"The complaints were a complete surprise, as far as I know there are two complainants. It starts at 9am and lasts for on average three minutes 20 seconds.
"It is a slightly unbelievable picture. We are a Victorian school but we are in the 21st century."
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