May 17, 2009

Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ played on church bells

Hundreds of Britons gathered at Liverpool Cathedral this weekend to hear John Lennon's anti-religion anthem Imagine played on its bells, observers said.

Local Anglican Church leaders told The Mail on Sunday they carefully considered an artist's request to use its church bells -- the highest and heaviest ringing peal bells in the world -- to play the late former Beatle's 1971 work, which he once described as anti-religious, anti-conventional and anti-capitalistic.

They reportedly decided religious sensitivities wouldn't be unduly offended by the song, which posits, Imagine there's no heaven.

We feel this performance has inspired many people to think about their relationship with God in their lives, a Church spokesman told The Mail. From what we have heard, it's been received really well. It sounded absolutely fantastic.

The idea came from artist Cleo Evans, who was hired by the music festival Futuresonic to develop the concept with the cathedral in Lennon's birthplace, the newspaper said.