Homeless man turns haunting noises in his head into symphony
The Who’s lead guitarist has tried without success to recreate the heavenly sounds he first heard in his head as an 11-year-old on a River Thames boat ride.
Unbeknown to the 68-year-old rock star, another man heard that very same angelic music. But Stuart Sharp’s remarkable quest to evoke the sound he first heard as a boy led him to a life as a down and out before becoming a millionaire businessman.
It meant he could afford to employ the Philharmonia Orchestra of London to translate the music he heard into a haunting symphony which has been described as a work of genius.
Stuart’s Angeli Symphony is even more remarkable because while living rough on the streets of London he taught himself to play music after he bought a battered guitar from a second-hand shop which, by an amazing co-incidence, happened to be owned by Townshend’s parents.
Stuart, also 68, reveals how he first heard the angelic orchestra in a dream as a boy in 1956. Years later he heard it again after his baby son died at birth. He was so haunted by the music he quit his job as cook in a Leicestershire country pub, left his wife and two daughters and moved to London where he played it on his guitar and recorded it on an old tape recorder at a homeless hostel.....Read more