A shopping centre in my home town, Tampere (Finland), has been using classical music to drive away teenagers for some years, so this silliness is not confined to the UK.
What's the problem with piping in classical music in public places? If you're a teen who wants to hang out with your friends, smoking, drinking, laughing it up and making fun of the squares commuting back and forth to work, you can, as long as you can put up with a bit of classical music in the background. And if you can't deal with the classical music, then I guess you're not really as tough as you think you are, are you?
There is a time and place for performing the kind of music that has the power to, for instance, move an individual to tears.
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