EX CATHEDRA | Rebecca Lloyd - alto

From our ‘Christmas Music by Candlelight’ programme 2021

Rebecca was born in London, and moved to Oakham in Rutland when she was 4. She began playing the violin at age 7, and enjoyed playing in Leicestershire Schools orchestras throughout her school years. At 15, she took up singing lessons and realised that the violin would quickly take a back seat.

In 2003, Rebecca began studying Law at the University of Birmingham and sang with Birmingham University Singers (which was much needed time away from the library!) Having made the decision early on that a career in Law would not leave much time for music, Rebecca spent her twenties working in arts administration and volunteer projects, singing with the CBSO Chorus, before starting her career in NHS management whilst completing a PG Diploma in Psychotherapy.

Since then, Rebecca has always made time for singing, joining Ex Cathedra in 2009, and the Birmingham Oratory choir in 2016.

1. How long have you been a member of Ex Cathedra and why did you join?

My first job after university was in the Education & Community Department at Symphony Hall, and I became aware of Ex Cathedra as one of Symphony Hall’s ‘Associate Artists’. When Birmingham Town Hall reopened in 2008, I attended a concert, sat on the front row like a huge fan, and came away knowing that I had to push myself to audition. It goes without saying that I was completely terrified on the day, but Jeffrey put me at ease and I was thrilled to be given the chance to join such a prestigious choir.

Having the opportunity to sing beautiful music, with friends, in stunning venues is a huge privilege and our family’s Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Ex Cathedra Candelight concerts!

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

One of the best parts about working in the NHS is that each day is different to the one before. I arrive about 8.30am having dropped my daughter at nursery, and then spend my time between meetings, 1:1s with my team, and working on improvement projects. Our team is made up of Communications, Charity, Projects & Digital transformation, so I get to work with some very creative and innovative people every day.

I am also Vice Chair of James Brindley Academy in Birmingham, so will spend time during my week planning & attending meetings with staff & other Trustees.

3. If you could choose to perform again any piece you have performed before with Ex Cathedra, what would it be, and & why?

As an alto, I love singing Rachmaninov Vespers. So much so in fact, that I made sure I had the ‘Ave Maria’ at my wedding! I also really love singing any of Alec Roth’s music; it’s impossible not to get goose bumps every time we perform it, especially Earthrise.

4. What’s your musical “guilty secret”?

It has to be belting out a power ballad when I’m driving – Celine Dion is top of the list, with Whitney Houston a close second. My sister and I still have a few favourites we ‘perform’ whilst on a road trip!