In the early 1900s and before her 21st birthday, Irish violinist Maud MacCarthy had appeared as a soloist with two of America’s greatest orchestras – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and it’s Boston equivalent. No Irish string player has replicated this achievement since.
Her career as a violinist was cut short by neuritis – severe inflammation of a nerve or nerves, resulting in loss of function. Any musician or singer who has had to stop making music with her instrument for any length of time will know what a huge professional and personal blow this must have been.
Yet she bounced back, and in an era not noted for its support of either women or independent careers, had many other remarkable achievements in the world of music afterwards.
Not all of us have Maud’s pedigree or skill, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be brave, innovative and pioneering like she was.
Whatever your level is, and whatever your ambitions are, don’t wait any longer. Practice, compose, find a musical partner, book a gig, play. This is the time. Make it happen.
Thanks to Michael Dervan in the Irish Times for the information about Maud – you can read the full article here.