Chorister Profile: Lydia Johnson
Cantoris Soprano

Lydia is a first-year Drama student who started singing with us in Autumn 2016. The move to university, and becoming a university student, is among the most significant of any young person's life, so we started by asking...

Has joining the Chapel Choir helped with the transition to University?

The move was exciting and scary!! It's amazing to study a subject I'm really genuinely passionate about, but I miss home, family and friends. Chapel Choir is a ready-made group of friends who are all lovely and supportive.

It's a great opportunity to learn about – and perform – wonderful music that I have not sung before and it's exciting to discover pieces and composers that I didn't even know existed! I love the challenge of learning them and listening to how beautiful they sound when performed.

Why is music important to you? What draws you to perform?

I've loved music since before I can remember. I was a dancer when I was younger and love finding the emotions in a piece of music. As a drama student, I could write an essay on what draws me to perform!! But I think it's just always been a part of my life.

The type of choral music we sing is really new to me, but I love the fact that it's a type of performance I haven't explored before.

What are you most looking forward to doing with the Choir this year?

This year, I'm looking forward to learning and performing more. My knowledge and understanding of music has grown so much over the first term. The music we sing is so sophisticated and beautiful, and it's so lovely to bring it to life!