Tin-tin comes to the Olympics

Tin-tin comes to the Olympics


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2011

I can’t buy into the day’s excited announcement that bells will ring up and down the country for three minutes on July 27, 2012 to herald the first day of the London Olympics.

Most of those bells were put in churches to summon folk to prayer. Sport has its own summonses – whistles, car-horns and the like. Keep them separate.

And for thousands of sufferers from tinnitus – many of them ex-musicians who played too long in an orchestra – that morning will be sheer hell.

Scrap the idea. Let’s stop it now.


  • Ian says:

    Don’t worry, church bell-ringers think the project is ridiculous. It was conceived without their involvement and ringing societies across the country have declined to support it. The organisers have ploughed on regardless.