Paul Barton, 50-year British man, dragged a piano up a mountain in Thailand to fullfil his life-long ambition to play a piano few feet from the elephants. He played Beethoven for the blind elephants.



‘I sat down and thought, what do you play to an elephant?

‘You only get a short time, so I started trawling through my books and then Slow Movement 2 from Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata just stuck.

‘I had to drag the piano up a mountain – I have a really bad back, but I wanted to make the effort so I could feel like I had undergone a personal challenge.’

Yorkshire-born Paul now hopes to put on a concert with the elephants to raise funds for an electric fence for the sanctuary where they live.


He moved to Thailand with his wife 18 years ago to be closer to the elephants.

Everything is great and fine, but electric fence? Wouldn’t that be cruel for the animals?