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Paul Barrett - Mantovani fan for 58 years.<br />
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Mantovani barmy! - Superfan puts on his own concert's so he can play with the band.<br />
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A retired businessman has spent £500,000 pursuing his passion for a 1950s bandleader and pays to put on a concert every 18 months to celebrate his hero.<br />
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Paul Barrett, 70, has spent most of his life following the work of Anglo-Italian violinist and conductor Annunzio Paolo Mantovani and met his music idol several times.<br />
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He has spent a fortune buying original instruments from Mantovani's orchestra and paid £50,000 for the 35mm film and rights to recordings of a 1950s American TV series Mantovani did.<br />
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He also pays £20,000 for each concert to recreate a note-for-note, musician-for-musician replica of the classic Mantovani Orchestra.