About Us

Neil MacKenzie

Jays Musical Director Neil MacKenzie

Welcome to the Jay Singers website.

We were founded in 1995 by Jeremy Jackman, a former King’s Singer. Our group of around 30 singers specialise in a capella music spanning the 13th to the 21st centuries, and ranging from sacred works to popular and close-harmony arrangements.

The choir was delighted when Neil Mackenzie agreed to take over the direction in 2011, continuing to increase the already wide-ranging repertoire.

Neil MacKenzie is a Cambridge graduate. His wide-ranging musical career has embraced being a founder member of The Sixteen as well as many years as a tenor in the internationally acclaimed BBC Singers, broadcasting from venues all over the world. He is also an established soloist on the concert platform and in recordings.

Given a leading role in the educational outreach programme of the BBC, Neil has directed sessions with primary and secondary school groups and with adult groups of all sizes. He has also conducted the BBC Singers in concert.

Delighted to be musical director of the Jay Singers, performing in fantastic venues throughout Norfolk, Neil also conducts the chamber choir which he founded in his native St Albans – Voix de Vivre.

We are wide ranging in age and mainly Norfolk- and Suffolk-based, meeting currently one full Saturday a month in Wymondham for rehearsals.

As well as being committed singers who enjoy performing together to a high standard, we share many interests from our working and semi-retired lives.

Header photos of North Norfolk: (c) Mark Brayne