Musical Director

Berenice 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 University in 1989, and became involved in numerous musical groups during and after her student years. Berry became Musical Director of 'the Phil' in 2000. In 2003 she got married and moved to Beverley, East Yorkshire; she is a freelance soloist, teaches piano and singing and is active in the musical life of the East Riding.


Deputy Musical Director

Richard Kay has been a singer in choirs from an early age. 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 of “The Phil” since 2002, Richard has been a regular soloist both for the choir and for other groups and events around York and beyond. He often incorporates singing and music into his work in theatre; he has performed in shows for companies including York Theatre Royal, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse and, more recently, has been Associate Director for Badapple Theatre Company. In this role he has worked as co-director, director and musical director on five productions and he leads their youth theatre classes. For more information visit As Deputy MD Richard strives to support the musical team whilst also continuing his own musical education.

Assistant 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. 




Helen Smith joined ‘The Phil’ in February 2019, along with her husband, Rob, who now sings in the bass section. Music has always been an important part of her life and takes up much of her free time, whether singing, playing various instruments or arranging music for a variety of groups. Helen is currently also accompanist to Jubilate Ladies Choir in Easingwold as well as Assistant Musical Director of Dynamics Community Band based in New Earswick. She was previously Musical Director of Musicality Vocal Ensemble and accompanist to the Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir, and is delighted to be reviving this role with Berry and ‘the boys’.

Mrs Eileen Grey December 1991 to December 2018