Description: In the days before his fortieth birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees trades his pen for a French horn that has been gathering dust in the attic for more than twenty-two years, and, on a lark, plays it at the annual festival of the British Horn Society.
Despite an embarrassingly poor performance, the experience inspires Rees to embark on a daunting, bizarre, and ultimately winning journey: to return to the festival in one year’s time and play a Mozart concerto—solo—to a large paying audience.
1/5: The author and journalist embarks on ‘One Man’s Struggle with the Orchestra’s Most Difficult Instrument.’ Read by Nicholas Boulton.
2/5: The scale of the ambition dawns on him
3/5: to America.
4/5: school days and a disasterous performance
5/5: the big performance
Rees seems to prefer looking backwards, rediscovering his Welsh roots, and revisiting his school day horn lessons.
2.5* Bred of Heaven: One man’s quest to reclaim his Welsh roots
2.5* A Devil to Play