Neil MacKenzie is a music graduate of Clare College, Cambridge. Whilst there he made his London South Bank debut as the tenor soloist in Britten’s song-cycle Winter Words. He also became a founder member of The Sixteen choir before being invited to join the internationally acclaimed BBC Singers, with whom he has performed a huge and demanding repertoire of every style and period, and broadcast from venues all over the world. Neil has worked regularly with Atherton, Boulez, Berio, Andrew Davis, Gardiner, Noseda, Rattle, Tortelier and many other leading conductors.
As a soloist on radio, Neil has performed roles as various as The Narrator in Heiner Goebbles’s La Jalousie, with chamber ensemble Lontano, and Chaplitsky in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, with the BBC Philharmonic. Equally at home in standard repertoire as in challenging contemporary works, he received particular recognition in the Baroque field as a soloist in The Sixteen’s recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
In a developing part of his versatile music career, Neil has been given a role at the forefront of the education outreach programme of the BBC Singers, both conducting them regularly in concert and leading sessions with youth choirs, school groups and adult choirs. He particularly enjoys working with talented and enthusiastic amateur singers, both as Music Director with a number of choral groups and as a singing teacher of the growing number of individuals in his teaching practice.
Neil has drawn on his extensive choral expertise to present a series of creative workshops, including a highly successful advanced performance course held annually in South-West France.