Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Historian Niall Ferguson recalls his days as the double-bass player in a jazz quartet.
4/5 Jasper Rees on re-learning the French horn and playing live at the Royal Festival Hall.
3/5 Louise Doughty on how playing the piano later in life presented new challenges.
2/5 Novelist AL Kennedy describes the result of finding a neglected banjo in a shop in Glasgow
1/5 Novelist Patrick Gale recalls how he got to grips with the cello as a schoolboy.