On occasion, you’d think the only folk affected by Covid in the music industry were those who megaphoned, or tweeted, loudest – the promoters with clout, the bands with followers, the venues with connections. Therefore, it’s refreshing to hear from the lesser heard in the sonicsphere.
Bittersweet Symphony is a 16-part podcast hosted by Cliodhna Ryan, a violinist and member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. In it she chats to fellow musicians about what happened “when the concert halls shut their doors, and the music stopped… what did they discover about what matters to them?
What about their sense of identity, value and self-worth and what do they choose to never forget?”
The first episodes are with cellist Aoife Burke and NSO violinist Elizabeth McLaren.