Cathedral Bells play John Lennon's 'Imagine'

John Lennon
Last week Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral rang out the tune of famous anti-religion song 'Imagine', as part of an arts festival. It was really odd for a cathedral to play such a song. That's why hundreds of people gathered outside the cathedral to hear John Lennon's 'Imagine'.

The original idea to play 'Imagine', which Lennon himself described the song as "anti-religious, anti-conventional", on church bells came from artist Cleo Evans. Evans was commissioned by a cultural festival called Futuresonic to develop the concept with the cathedral.

A team of seven volunteer bell ringers played the 1971 song after practising for months on hand bells. The team was led by Sam Austin, 23, a student at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music. The bells in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral are the highest and heaviest ringing peal bells in the world.

Missed it? Watch the video to hear Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral performing John Lennon's Imagine as part of Futuresonic 2009.