Buskers inside Bath Abbey?

The tower of Bath Abbey.
The tower of Bath Abbey.

Comments recently here on the Virtual Museum site about the exhibition of contemporary art at Bath Abbey. The point was made that every side chapel had been used and that people who wanted peace and quiet and space to pray had nowhere to go.

I think the South Transept could provide a permanent space for art installations and these could be changed on a regular basis. Less may well turn out to be more.

Where l do think the Abbey comes in to its own is with music and song. I recently watched the sun set through those jewel-box stained-glass windows while listening to Bath Symphony Orchestra and the Minerva Choir. A really moving mixture of sound and vision that stirred heart and soul.

Young buskers in Southgate.
Young buskers in Southgate.

I would love the Abbey to explore a more varied musical programme and would like to suggest a special event where some of the young (and old)  musicians who entertain the crowds on the streets of the city, be invited into the church to perform.

A special concert for buskers and a celebration of some real talent. I have seen many a teenager out there braving the weather and the indifference of many a shopper and singing and playing their hearts out. Great talent and a public arena in which young people learn to face the world and stand on their own two feet.

A busker and a didgeridoo!
A busker and a didgeridoo!

What does anyone else think?