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Tuesday 8 June, 2021


From a young age, trumpet star Matilda Lloyd has been in the solo spotlight. A former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year brass final, the 25-year-old currently combines a solo career around her studies, which have seen her go from the University of Cambridge to the Royal Academy of Music and currently, Malmö Academy of Music with Håkan Hardenberger.

Speaking to British Bandsman editor Mark Good from Germany, where she has been staying with her partner, Matilda reflects on her musical career to date, including her experiences with brass bands, and looks ahead to resuming her fast-paced international career as COVID restrictions relax.


How have the past 14 months been for you?

ML: It has been a tricky time but I think as musicians, we are lucky to have music, to have that outlet to express our musicians. I have found that to be really helpful and in certain times of relaxed rules, it has been great to be able to do a few things and play with people here and there. We all miss playing in front of a live audience and fingers crossed, we’ll be getting back to that very soon.

In the midst of a global pandemic, things are put firmly in perspective when people's health is at stake but pretty much overnight in March 2020, life changed for a lot of people, including those in the arts. How much of a gear change was it for you - did everything come to a sudden stop?

ML: Yes, it was very sudden. I was travelling a lot; I’d been in Germany and Switzerland. I came back to the UK and was doing a couple of concerts. Suddenly, London was going into strict lockdowns and there were stories that the army would be called in to stop people going anywhere. I remember telling my parents to come to this concert and asking them to pick me up and take me home. Me, my sister and partner were in lockdown with my parents in the countryside in Kent for three months. When you leave home to go to uni, you don’t expect to be home for such a long time but my parents are on a farm in the countryside so we were very lucky. I ended up practising in the fields a lot, along with the cows.


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