Ned Berry was a chorister at Wells Cathedral from 2000 until 2004. At his time of his voice breaking he was Deputy Head Chorister. In 2004 Ned sang the demanding role of Isaac in Benjamin Britten's Canticle II (Abraham & Isaac) at the Edinburgh Festival. Ned is continuing his studies at Wells Cathedral School and now sings tenor in the school's Chapel Choir and Barbershop Group. He also has a great interest in drama and has taken many lead roles in school productions.
Wells Cathedral ChoirNed Berry Recorded as Malcolm Archer’s farewell from Wells Cathedral prior to his prestigious appointment to St Paul’s in London, this generously filled disc presents some of Howells’s best choral works.
In 1944 Howells wrote a set of Morning Canticles for King’s College, Cambridge. With the Evening Canticles recorded here coming the following year, the ‘Coll. Reg.’ settings immediately set the benchmark for twentieth-century liturgical composition and led to the composer being besieged by requests from cathedrals and collegiate chapels for other such ‘custom-built’ settings. This programme includes the Morning Canticles and the Evening Canticles which constitute the ‘New College Service’.
Several of the other pieces included on this disc are less famous, but all display their composer’s inimitable mastery of form and choral technique.