Neil MacKenzie - Tenor
Neil is an experienced soloist, consort singer, recitalist and teacher. He is a Cambridge graduate and a member of the BBC Singers, with whom he has sung a huge and demanding repertoire of every style and period.
As well as high profile broadcasts such as Princess Diana’s funeral and the Last Night of the Proms, Neil has sung in concerts all over Europe and South America. He has also taken part in the World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. He has worked with many renowned names of the conducting world - Barenboim, Boulez, Rattle, Sir Colin and Andrew Davis, Tortelier, Eliot Gardiner, and Noseda.
Alongside his singing career, Neil greatly enjoys teaching and coaching. He has a number of associations with choral societies in addition to a busy private teaching practice. As a conductor he has a developing role in the BBC’s education work, directing the BBC Singers, mentoring schoool and county youth groups and leading masterclasses, including work for Choir of the Year. He also directs his own chamber choir - Voix de Vivre - which is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence.
Julia Batchelor - Mezzo-soprano
Julia is an experienced concert singer and recitalist, both nationally and internationally. A graduate of the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music in London, she has established a reputation as a singer of great versatility. As well as performing throughout Europe and North America, she made her concert debut in Australia in 2002 with two recitals in Sydney.
Julia’s busy solo schedule includes most of the mainstream oratorio repertoire and frequently has seen her at the Barbican and the South Bank, in particular in an association with the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
Her TV credits include the documentary series Behind Bars on BBC2 and the BBC1 drama Final Demand.
Julia also sings regularly with the BBC Singers, London Voices, Gabrieli Consort, Academy of Ancient Music and Synergy Vocals. She is pleased to be sponsored by The Curly Vine www.curlyvine.co.uk.