Faith & Worship

Week 12 - Delydd McAdam

In the latest #BlessedIsShe, as we come to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, the busiest week of the Cathedral Choir's year, we meet Delydd McAdam, a chorister parent.

From tomorrow until Easter Day there is at least one service every day at which some or all of the Cathedral Choir will be singing.

In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.

Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media. 

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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?

I am currently a chorister parent and a member of the Social Justice Group.


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

Regularly – since our daughter became a probationary chorister in 2012.


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

My husband Darren and I first moved to Bristol in 2000, and as a musician I was drawn to join the Cathedral Concert Choir – initially as a member and later as a soloist.


What have been some of your personal highlights?

Watching both of our children progress through the Cathedral Choir – our eldest is currently a Foundation Chorister, whilst our son is a probationer in Year 4.
Listening to the Cathedral Choir singing Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo in Bordeaux Cathedral on their tour.
Performing the Soprano solos in Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man mass with Bristol Cathedral Concert Choir and Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra.
As a member of the Social Justice Group – wrapping Christmas gifts for prisoners under the auspices of the organisation Sixty-One, and volunteering on the (early!) breakfast shift for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter.


What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?

I would like to see the Cathedral Choir continue to flourish since they are such an integral part of life at Bristol Cathedral, and to see the Social Justice Group engaging with and inspiring members of the wider congregation in tackling issues such as homelessness.


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

It means celebrating the most amazing, sacred, choral music – from the stillness and beauty of Choral Evensong to the more high-profile and hugely well-attended services such as Nine Lessons and Carols. It also means, increasingly, inspiration in trying to live my faith.