On the threshold of 40, Jasper Rees fished his French horn out of the attic and, despite limited ability, sets himself a near-impossible target: to stand up in front of a paying audience in 12 months’ time and play a Mozart concerto. Alone.
This is the inspired story, not only of a midlife rethink, but also of man’s first musical instrument, and its journey from the hunting fields of aristocratic France to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Along the way, Jasper asks every major horn player in the world for advice as he prepares to stand up in front of a packed auditorium and perform on this notoriously treacherous instrument. They all say the same thing: Don’t do it!
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