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661: Kirsty McCahon on a life in music

Jan. 20, 2020

It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with Kirsty McCahon during my trip to Australia in late 2019.  Kirsty has worn many hats as a musician over the years, from holding the position of Principal Bass with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for 20 years to her current roles as Principal Bass with Pinchgut, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia.  We also chat about the surprising health scare that Kirsty had in 2011 and how she navigated through it.

Kirsty is a treasure trove of musical knowledge and is an incredibly articulate person.  It was so great to spend time with her in person during my 2019 trip to Australia!

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