In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Liz Turner, a chorister parent.
Tomorrow at the Cathedral Eucharist her daughter Emily, together with three other choristers, will become a Head Chorister of the Cathedral Choir.
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.
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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?
I have been attending Bristol Cathedral with my family since our eldest daughter Jess joined the Cathedral choir when girls were first being admitted to the choir. She became a Dean’s chorister. Since then we have continued going to the Cathedral as our second daughter Hannah became a chorister, and subsequently Head Chorister. Now our youngest daughter Emily is in the choir, and about to become Head Chorister. We have always felt it important to support the girls whilst they were choristers in becoming members of the Cathedral, and I have enjoyed being involved as a chorister parent and helping with the ‘Cathedral Kids’.
How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?
We have been associated with the Cathedral for about 12 years, since Jess first became a chorister.
What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?
We have always been involved in our local church, and some friends of ours told us that the Cathedral was starting to admit girls into the choir, so it went from there.
What have been some of your personal highlights?
It has been lovely to see the girls’ choir grow and strengthen over the years. I feel very privileged to have heard some wonderful and inspirational music over the years. A highlight has been seeing how the choristers continue to sing and have a love of choral music once they have moved on from the choir.
What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?
I would like to see the children’s work continuing to develop, and also to develop the social justice work.
What does the Cathedral mean for you?
I have found the Cathedral to be a very peaceful place and have found the music truly inspiring and uplifting.