Chamber choir VOIX de VIVRE was formed in 2003 by well-known professional tenor Neil MacKenzie. As a long-time member of the BBC Singers, and hugely experienced choir trainer, he has directed this group in the broadest range of challenging repertoire, the foundation of which encompasses church and stage, state occasion, drawing room soiree and contemporary commission for radio broadcast. The expanding list of composers whose works Voix de Vivre has tackled ranges from Dunstable and Pygott to Scarlatti and Charpentier, Frank Martin, Schoenberg, James MacMillan and Jonathan Dove.
Having participated in many first performances on Radio 3, Neil’s promotion of well-performed, unaccompanied contemporary choral music is naturally at the core of Voix de Vivre’s programming. However, the group has also greatly enjoyed working with pianists Stephen Betteridge and Andrew Leach, organists Alex Flood and Richard Carr, as well as a number of successful collaborations with orchestras such as the Bissolotti Players, in Faure’s Requiem, and the Lawes Baroque Players, in Handel’s dazzling oratorio Israel in Egypt. In a further development Voix de Vivre has had a series of very successful joint concerts with the excellent St Albans-based Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, as well as chamber choirs from Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Carillon.
In 2017 it was a delight to welcome Cantus Nobilis, visiting Hungarian choir from Kodaly’s home-town of Kecskemet, to our performance of the 1948 Missa brevis, and to hear several of Kodaly’s idiomatic works in Hungarian. We are very pleased indeed to be returning the favour by visiting Hungary in July 2019 this year to give a joint concert.
Voix de Vivre is privileged to have international opera singer Jeremy White as its Honorary president.