Berenice (Berry) Lewis 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 répétiteur for the York Musical Theatre Company and York Opera. During her student years, she was also organist at St Deny’s Church in Walmgate.
Berry was appointed Director of Music at York’s Central Methodist Church in 1998 but left that post in 2003 when she got married and moved to Beverley in East Yorkshire, where she now teaches singing and holds the post of Director of Music at St. Mary's church. Berry became our Musical Director in 2000.