Neil Ferris graduated from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in July 1998 with a bachelor of music degree. Whilst at university he specialised in performance and sang in the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum. He was leader of the college symphony orchestra and also founded Ensemble Adastra, formerly known as London Academic Sinfonia, an orchestra for students and young professionals that has put on concerts in and around London.
Neil began to study the violin at the age of six, studying with Pearl Mace, Judith Young and ultimately Julian Cummings. He has taken part in masterclasses with Emanuel Hurwitz, Diana Cummings and Madeleine Mitchell and gained his ARCM in violin performing in 1997. In the summer of 1998 he was awarded a bursary to attend Dartington International Summer School Advanced Contemporary workshops working with John Woolrich, Peter Wiegold, Thomas Adès and members of the Composers Ensemble. He is co-leader of Midland Sinfonia and last summer was made leader of the International Jugendsinfonieorchester Elbe Weser. He is also a member of The Mastersingers and the choir of St. John's, Smith Square.
Neil has been the conductor of Royal Holloway Chamber Orchestra since 1999 and Musical Director of Genesis Chorale since January 1999. Neil was delighted to be appointed the first Musical Director of Vivace in January 2002. Recent engagements have seen him working with Candlelight Opera on their production of Cosi fan tutte and he will also be conducting their 2002 season. In the summer he will also be conducting the City of Southampton Orchestra and Midland Sinfonia. He has studied conducting with Peter Broadbent, and Therees Hibbard and is currently studying with David Hill.
Neil was the founding Musical Director of