In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Maddy Lloyd, Head of the Cathedral Consort.
Tomorrow, at Evensong, Maddy will formally leave the Consort at the Valediction service.
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 was a cathedral chorister for seven years, and in the Cathedral Consort for three. I have been lucky enough to be both Head Chorister and Head of Consort.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
A little over a decade. It feels like a lot longer though!
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
My brother was in the Cathedral Choir when I was very young, so it was always something that I knew I wanted to be a part of. My Mum arranged the Voice Trial with Mark Lee and Wendy [Wilby, former Canon Precentor] and that was that, really!
What have been some of your personal highlights?
All three of the choir tours that I was able to go on are filled with fond memories.
Hiding in the cupboard to scare Mr Walton in morning rehearsals will always be a highlight…
But mainly being able to make and maintain friendships that will follow me all through the rest of my life.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
I’m not sure really. I suppose more of the same. It’s a lovely place to spend time and, if it ain't broke, don’t fix it!
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
It means a lot to me. I grew up in the Cathedral, so it will always hold a sense of nostalgia, and I’ll probably keep visiting long after my Valediction.
It will always be my favourite place to sing.