Every few weeks we will be profiling a former member of CBYO and catching up with what they have been doing since leaving the orchestra. We aim to start with recent members and work back through the last 59 years !
Profile No.4 Sarah McCafferty - Clarinet 2009-2013
My name is Sarah McCafferty and I was a member of the woodwind section of the CBYO from 2009-2013 and Principal Clarinet from 2011-2013.
Throughout my time as a member I was privileged to be part of two incredible tours, with the tour of Italy in the summer of 2013 being one of the highlights of any musical experience in my life, in addition to two performances in the Royal Albert Hall, first in 2009 and again in 2012. This was a privilege - a most prestigious venue which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in again.
This orchestra is truly like being part of a family - a close-knit team who have good days and bad, but always pull together to perform in many memorable concerts. I have such admiration for all the musicians of the Ulster Orchestra who give up their time on Saturday mornings to come and impart some extra tuition and share their experiences with us and to Mr Briscoe who manages everything so efficiently.
In my four years, I believe I developed in more than just my playing - I gained friends for life; I now have social skills I never imagined I would possess (for those that know me, will know I was like a little mouse for my first year particularly!); I learned that self-discipline can only improve you as a player and a person; and above all, I fell in love with classical music.
The putting-together of a symphony requires commitment, practice, and patience. Not surprisingly, the most special symphony, as a clarinettist, for me, was Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 which we tackled in the 2012/2013 season. The concert in the Spa in Montecatini Terme in Italy was the best concert by far and the feelings and memories of how amazing the orchestra performed the Rachmaninov that evening will stay with me for a lifetime.
Finally, I have to give Mr McBride a special mention - without his sheer dedication, encouragement and persistence (also death stares at times!) I, as a player and the CBYO would not achieve its full potential and he really is a big softie at heart!
Relish the experience, enjoy every minute and strive to be the best you can possibly be and someday you will have these amazing memories that I and many others have.
Posted by robert.briscoe on the Tuesday, 04 March 2014