Musical Director

Berenice Lewis (nee Hopkins) grew up in Leicester where she studied piano and organ with Howard Gregory and sang with the Leicestershire Youth Choir. She came to York in 1989 to study Linguistics and German at York University. Taking full advantage of the rich and diverse musical community there, Berry became involved in various groups as pianist, conductor, singer and violinist. As Musical Director of the University’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society she directed large-scale productions of Princess Ida and Ruddigore and performed in many other shows. Whilst working for her degree, Berry also made time to coach singers, teach the piano and act as regular repetiteur for the York Musical Theatre Company and York Opera. During her student years she was organist at St. Denys’ Church, Walmgate. She was appointed Director of Music at York’s Central Methodist Church in 1998, but had to leave the post in 2003 upon marrying and moving to Beverley, East Yorkshire - where she now teaches piano and singing full-time. Berry became associated with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir as its Deputy Musical Director in March 1998, and accepted the post of Musical Director in September 2000. 

 

Deputy Musical Director

Graham Kay has been actively involved in the York music scene for many years. Having gained a Choral Scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, he subsequently pursued music as his principal hobby, singing solos on many concert platforms and performing in numerous musical theatre productions with local amateur societies. He currently sings regularly with accompanist and performer John Warburton, mainly for charities, and is a life member and former Chairman and President of York Musical Theatre Company ( formerly the York Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society). He has at various times conducted and been chorus master for the Poppleton Methodist Choir, The Poppleton Singers and the York Musical Theatre Company, as well as being involved with a number of smaller groups of singers. He joined the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir in 2007. 

 

Assistant Musical Director

Richard Kay is an actor, singer and drama facilitator. A York man born and bred, Richard sang with choirs from an early age and studied singing with Pauline Marshall – half of his music A’Level being assessed on his singing alone. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham whilst also studying ancillary music and singing with the Birmingham University Liturgical Choir. A member since 2002 Richard has been a regular soloist for the choir, as well as at various other concerts around York, and he often incorporates music into his acting work. His work with young people includes teaching singing for Stagecoach Early Stages and using music in many of his drama projects. For more information visit http://www.richardkay.net

As Assistant MD Richard strives to support the musical team whilst also continuing his own musical education.                                                       

 

Pianist

Eileen Grey studied music at Kesteven College of Education where she specialised in piano accompaniment and treble recorder. She later took up singing with the late Joan Whitworth, and played many leading roles with City Opera Group, Yorkshire Chamber Opera and East Yorkshire Opera Group. She has had a long association with "The Phil", at first as an occasional soloist, and as a founder member of The Kirkgate Singers. Since 1991 she has been the Choir's accompanist, after having "helped out" for a couple of weeks! She teaches singing and piano, and in her "spare" time she is a keen badminton player and gardener.