Baritone James Berry began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire. After studying at Bloxham School and King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, he read Religion and Anthropology at the University of Manchester, while learning singing with Andrew Heggie. He then started his formal vocal training at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying with Paul Nilon. While there, he was awarded the John Cameron Prize for the Singing of Lieder, and was a finalist in both the Joyce and Michael KennedyAward for the Singing of Strauss and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers.
During his time at RNCM, James was able to work with Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson, Christopher Purves, James Gilchrist, Roger Vignoles, David Owen Norris, Anthony Spiri, Patricia McMahon, Martin Pickard, Richard Stokes, Paul Wynne Griffiths, and Isobel Flinn.
Recent work has taken James to Norway, where he covered solos for Bergen Nasjonale Opera’s staged production of Messiah, and played First Burgess and Chorus (Peter Grimes) at the Bergen International Festival.
In the UK James works with a number of choral societies and opera companies, most recently playing Valens (Theodora) with RNCM Opera, Barone Douphol (La Traviata) with Mananan Opera and Henri Martel (Un Mari à la Porte) with Manchester Opera Ensemble.
James is currently resident in Manchester, where he is a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral.