Brona Shares Record Lock Stories On The Night
Everyone has their pandemic stories to share. Violinist Brona Cahill recounts how she ended up making recordings of herself playing in the middle of the night for the RTE Concert Orchestra. She would go to the Victorian Trading Company, which her husband had set up in Castle Road, as the indoor store provided the perfect space to check in without disturbing the rest of the family.
he is understandably happy that when she walks into the store now it is to look at the stock she ordered, rather than recording her piece of music which will then be mixed with other pieces recorded in all situations. also bizarre by his fellow orchestra members.
Maintaining the orchestra was difficult, she said, paying homage to
“We are used to training alone, going to a room alone and playing six hours a day, but it’s very difficult when you play a song because you can’t hear the other musicians.
“During the first lockdown, we would record our own parts on phones and then send them to the sound engineers who mixed them up. When the second lockdown happened we were all given microphones so we could record to a computer which was much better. “
Needless to say, she’s thrilled the orchestra is starting to rehearse and play together in real life again, even if that means going to the RTE Radio Center on Donnybrook, Dublin during the week.
“We are very busy as we are making Christmas recordings for radio and television, including a Christmas Carols special.”
They are also back to give their popular concerts in places such as the Bord Gais Theater and the National Concert Hall.
Their first live concert was with soprano Céline Byrne at the Bord Gais Theater.
“The restrictions had just been relaxed, so there were around 300 spectators, although the venue can seat 3,000. But it was so emotional to come back and play in front of a live audience that everyone was choking because it was so emotional. was the first time we performed on stage in 18 months.
“It’s great that the performance is coming back to the NCH,” she continued.
They’ve already put on a very successful Halloween concert and this Thursday they’re playing with Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill and the following week they’re performing “A Night at the Musicals” with Dundalk singer Juliette Crosbie.
“What I love about the orchestra is that it’s so versatile. We perform all kinds of music, from baroque to opera, chamber music, film scores, classics and pop.
During this time, she performed with many famous singers and musicians.
“I’m Louth and proud,” she says, adding that she is always thrilled to share the stage with other Dundalk musicians such as Zoe Conway and Sharon and Andrea Corr.
Although music is her passion, she enjoys helping her husband Mark McDonagh in The Victorian Trading Company, which opened in December 2020.
“He found the building and loved it and spent two years restoring it.”
The old laundry room now serves as a showroom for the beautiful kitchens her husband designs, as well as interior stores.
Having inherited a love for interiors as well as music from her mother Olivia, Brona is more than happy to source the store’s many unique items.
It is thanks to Brona that the store now sells original artwork by local artists, including Siobhan and Patrick Conyngham and Caroline Duffy.
“I love art and wanted to be able to display artwork in an indoor setting to encourage people to buy original artwork for their homes.