Man dies after playing classical music too loud

Man dies after playing classical music too loud


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2020

A man of 83 who was jailed for playing Classic FM too loud has died in a prison hosital.

Ian Trainor, of Aintree on Merseyside, had claimed in court that he could not wear heaphones because he was taking steroids. The neighbours complained and he wound up behind bars.

Locals have denounced his fate as a massive injustie. Read here.


  • Marfisa says:

    Thank you for the link to your source, the Liverpool Echo. “Locals have denounced his fate as a massive injustie [sic]”? Here are typical comments submitted to that source. “This article is nonsense. There were many, many comments condemning this selfish old goat for ruining peoples’ quality of life.” “Their [sic] is no tide of fury, only stirring up the pot by the article. A lopsided version which suits the narrative and to get the comments going.” Well, that’s popular journalism for you!

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    An over-dramatic and misleading title. We all die and we’ll all have done something before doing so. Putting listening to loud music and dying as if they are dependent is a tabloid trick. C’mon, SD can do better

  • Herbie G says:

    Why is Classic FM relevant to this story? He was a serial offender, causing chronic nuisance to his neighbours. Would the sentence have been any greater (or less) if it had been Radio 1, Radio 3 or Reichsender Berlin? I bet his neighbours are playing Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony as I write this…

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Just curious: what do steroids have to do with inability to use headphones?

  • Humanity says:

    What country is it in which you jail a 83 years old for beeing a nissance to his neighbours? May be his neighbours were much more of a nuisance for him? Who decide what is the more unbearable nuisance?
    I m astonished reading an 83 years old had been jailed.
    And people are reacting to all but this only important fact. yes, old people don t hear well.
    Why must society live according to young people standards and norms?

    • SVM says:

      Noise nuisance is a serious blight on people of all ages. Apparently, this offender was very loud and very persistent.

      The real scandal is that, whilst the authorities seem perfectly capable of taking robust action against some private individuals, they do almost nothing about noisy pubs and nightclubs, not even when such establishments are preventing local residents from being able to sleep at night. The curfew on hospitality venues is one of the very few ‘silver linings’ of the anti-COVID-19 measures.

    • M McAlpine says:

      Well if you happen to be living next door to someone who is being an unbearable nuisance by playing loud music you might just have a different opinion. The point about steroids is nonsense.

  • Joseph says:

    Maybe he was deaf

    • Maria says:

      Sounds very much like it. He’s gone. And soon we will all be 83 before we know where we are, and wonder where the years have gone, and also be deaf and a lot more. Locking people up like that at at 83 is just dreadful. They usually confiscate the equipment in England.

  • Karl says:

    I am wondering if they tried to sound proof his house. That would be a lot less expensive than jailing him.

    • Nick2 says:

      What a nonsensical suggestion! I like to play music loud but I am aware that I live in an apartment complex and I would not wish my neighbours to bother me. So I play music at a respectable level. But maybe I should turn up the volume and get my house insulated for free! Then I save on my electricity bills at the community’s expense as well! Ridiculous!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Give me a break, Norman.

  • Randy says:

    Ha ha ha….really!?!?! WTF*
    *Why The Face? ;-0

  • Mick the Knife says:

    So, put him to bed without his favorite stuffed animal?

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    It would probably have cost the local authorities less to sound-proof his house than to continually take him to court and lock him up. When one thinks of the laxity visited upon others who really do pollute society…

  • Sharon says:

    Dementia or other mental illness could be a factor as to why he did not take warnings seriously. He also may have truly believed his own steroid story. Many delusions that mentally ill people have concern their health or bodies.

    Many people die in jail because they do not have access to medications that they need, especially in local jails.

    Unless there is more to this story (like there were really other serious criminal charges but were plea bargained to this because of Mr. Trainor’s age) this situation is a travesty. I hope his family, if he has one, or a senior citizens or mental illness advocacy sues the locality and or/ government agency that runs the jail.
    It will not bring Mr. Trainor back but may serve as a lesson to other police departments and governments.

  • Marfisa says:

    To be fair to Sharon, she is quite right in general about the problems arising when the criminal justice system has to deal with mentally ill persons. In this particular case she does not know the facts, is clearly unfamiliar with UK procedures, and is being very unfair to the Merseyside police and magistrates, and to the health, social services, and prison personnel who would have had to deal with and decide on this matter. She should also give a thought to the neighbor who suffered for some years from this selfish behaviour of Mr Trainer, who was well aware of the distress he was causing.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The title let me expect a quite different story.