Faith & Worship

Week 27 - Ida Hayes

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Ida Hayes, Head Chorister in the Cathedral Choir.

Tomorrow morning at the Eucharist, Ida - along with seven of her peers, two choral scholars, and a lay clerk - will be leaving the choir having completed her time of 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’m a cathedral chorister, and have been one of the Head Choristers for the past year.


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

Five years.


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

My older sister was in the other choir – the Cathedral Consort.


What have been some of your personal highlights?

When I went on the tour to Bordeaux, France, with the choir in the Summer of 2016.

Also when we sing at the Advent Procession service every December, and all the candles light up the whole cathedral.


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

I would like to see them doing more concerts throughout the whole year to show off the wonderful space and the amazing choirs. I would also like to see more services with the choristers and Consort singing together.

[Ed: Currently the Consort join together with the Cathedral Choir for the Festivals of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and for the Festal Evensong on Easter Day. Together they form the Great Choir.]


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

It is somewhere I can sing music that I wouldn’t be able to sing in the same way anywhere else. Because I am there most of my week, the other choristers are like family to me.