Neil Ferris studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the Royal College of Music. He is co-artistic director and conductor of Sonoro, and music director of Wimbledon Choral Society, one of London’s leading amateur choirs. Other choirs he works with regularly include Manchester Chamber Choir and Birmingham Bach Choir.
In demand as chorus master to the finest symphonic choruses in the UK, Neil is associate chorus director of the London Symphony Chorus, chorus director at the Royal College of Music and since 2012 he has been chorus master at the Endellion Summer Festival. He has also worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Bach Choir and the chorus of Cambridge University Music Society. In these roles he has prepared choirs for internationally acclaimed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Carlo Rizzi, Richard Hickox, Donald Runnicles, Francois-Xavier Roth, Thierry Fischer, Jac van Steen, Martyn Brabbins and Ryan Wigglesworth.
Formerly head of choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Neil helped establish the international reputation of the choral conducting course and developed the conservatoire’s choral ensembles. Last summer he prepared the chamber choir to join the BBC Proms Youth Choir with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and conducted them on stage at the Wales Millennium Centre in a collaboration with international ballet dancer Carlos Acosta.
Equally at home working with orchestras, Neil has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, New Queens Hall Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae and the period instrument ensembles Florilegium and Apollo Baroque. He made his Royal Opera House debut in 2012 in a ROH2 production of Will Tuckett’s ballet Wind in the Willows.
Recordings include an album of the choral music of Jonathan Dove with Convivium Singers released on the Naxos label and Fauré’s Requiem (arranged for string quintet and organ by Michael Higgins) on the Convivium Records label. He has also prepared the chorus for the LSO Live recordings of Berlioz Roméo et Juliette, Brahms Requiem and Szymanowski Stabat Mater.