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Townshend takes swipe at 'snobbery'

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (inset) has attacked "musical snobbery" after discovering an orchestral version of the band's rock opera Quadrophenia will not be allowed in the classical chart.

The album, which features vocals by Alfie Boe alongside the London Oriana Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is a reworking of the band's 1973 album.

Townshend, who wrote many of the mod band's biggest hits, said: "Classic Quadrophenia not allowed in UK Classical Charts? Musical snobbery in the classical elite still alive and kicking then. F*** 'em. There's a huge team behind this, rooted in the practical world of recorded classical music, who deserve better than this."