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Voix de Vivre was formed in 2003 by professional tenor Neil MacKenzie. This Hertfordshire based amateur chamber choir has performed a broad range of challenging repertoire to critical acclaim, from Palestrina to Poulenc and Scarlatti to Schoenberg. Voix de Vivre is privileged to have international opera star Jeremy White as its Honorary President.

Voix de Vivre has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations with professional orchestras including the Bissolotti Players, in Haydn’s  Maria Theresa mass and Faure’s Requiem and the Lawes Baroque Players, in Handel’s dazzling oratorio Israel in Egypt. The St Albans based Amadeus Chamber Orchestra have also joined the group in Haydn’s rarer gem the Great Organ Mass.

Working with pianists Stephen Betteridge and Andrew Leach, in Brahms and Grainger, organists Richard Carr and Andrew Parnell, in Bernstein and Bach, and chamber choirs Carillon and the Jay Singers, singing Richard Strauss and Bruckner,  have contributed to the versatile mix of fine concerts and have further enhanced the reputation of Voix de Vivre. 

An association with modern, mainly unaccompanied, choral music remains an important feature of concert programming, motivated by Director of Music Neil Mackenzie’s long association with the BBC Singers  and its broadcasts on Radio 3.   Voix de Vivre’s performances of Jonathan Dove’s The passing of the year, William Walton’s  Cantico del sole and James MacMillan’s The gallant weaver have been notable highlights.

Critical feedback has been high in its praise of this small choir:

“Voix de Vivre may be amateur by status, but their standards of performance were remarkably high.”  Lewis Foreman

“Voix de Vivre have shown a new direction for choral singing in this new century.”     Jeremy White


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 also worked regularly with Boulez, Andrew Davis, Noseda, Rattle, Hickox, Eliot Gardiner and many leading conductors.

Neil’s versatile musical career has developed in the educational outreach programme of Radio 3, conducting the BBC Singers in concerts, leading workshop sessions with youth choirs and school groups in both Camden Roundhouse and the Albert Hall and working with adult scratch choirs and choral societies across the UK. Neil’s commitment to chamber choir performance and working with talented amateur singers has enjoyed its strongest expression in leading Voix de Vivre, which has established a reputation for choral excellence. He has more recently also become director of music of the Norfolk-based Jay Singers.

Since 2006, Neil MacKenzie has drawn on his extensive choral expertise to present a series of creative workshops and residential singing courses in the Languedoc, Brittany and in the Cotswolds.