Neil MacKenzie is a graduate of Clare College, Cambridge and was a full-time member of the internationally acclaimed BBC Singers for a number of years. With them he has performed a huge and demanding repertoire of every style and period and sung in broadcasts from venues all over the world. Neil has worked regularly with Boulez, Andrew Davis, Noseda, Rattle, Hickox, Eliot Gardiner and many other leading conductors.
As well as being an established soloist on the concert platform and in recordings, Neil's versatile music career has developed in the education outreach programme of the BBC, leading workshop sessions with youth choirs and school groups in both the Albert Hall and Camden Roundhouse and working with choirs of all ages across the UK. He has also conducted the BBC Singers in concert. Neil's commitment to chamber choir performance has enjoyed its strongest expression in Voix de Vivre, which under his direction has established a reputation for choral excellence.He was also a founder member of The Sixteen choir."
Since 2006, Neil has drawn on his extensive choral expertise to present a series of creative workshops and residential singing courses, including a highly successful advanced performance course now held annually in Brittany.
Together with professional colleague Debbie Miles-Johnson, he also leads a vibrant and developing series of sessions specifically designed to enhance the technical fitness of all choral amateurs. The Holiday Choir workshops provide a stimulating workout for singers to enjoy in the regular breaks between their choirs’ concert schedules.