Lutenist Richard MacKenzie is rapidly gaining recognition as a soloist and collaborative
artist on renaissance and baroque lutes, renaissance and baroque guitars, vihuela, orpharion
He is currently a permanent member of multiple ensembles, including; Chordophony (Europe's
only professional lute quartet), Charivari Agréable (dir. Kah-Ming Ng), Oxford Baroque (dir.
Jeremy Summerly), The Portrait Choir (choir-in-residence at The National Portrait Gallery),
Lyrica, Galliarda, Balisiensis and Mascherata, and his many collaborations include Ex
Cathedra (dir. Jeffrey Skidmore),
Linden Baroque, The Marian Consort, Cöthen Baroque, New London Orchestra (dir. Ronald Corp),
Ars Nova, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Academy Opera and Baroque
Orchestra (dir. Jane Glover),
The Bristol Baroque Soloists, The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (dir. Peter Seymour),
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, I Fagiolini (dir. Robert Hollingworth), Solomon's Knot,
The BREMF Renaissance Orchestra, The MUSARC Choir, Fiori Musicali featuring James Bowman,
Viaggio Musicale (University of Oxford ensemble, dir. Richard MacKenzie), The City Waites
(dir. Lucie Skeaping),
The Apollo Baroque Consort, Vignette Productions, The Amadè Players, The Brook Street Band,
Nonsuch Dance Company and Musicians, Vespri Segreti, Sounds Baroque, The North Cotswold
Chamber Choir (dir. Sarah Tenant-Flowers), The Fieri Consort, Il Festino, and Oxford's New
Chamber Opera (dir. Michael Burden, mus. dir. Steven Devine).
In April 2012 Richard assistant-directed the European Lute Orchestra's appearance at the
Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza.
Summer 2012 saw Richard working as a musician (medieval lute, cittern, tambourella, field
drum) at Shakepeare's Globe for their production of Shakepeare's 'Henry V' (feat. Jamie
Parker). Spring 2014 saw Richard return to Shakespeare's Globe as principal musician for the
revival of Lucy Bailey's controversial production of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus'.
Music festival appearances include York Early Music Festival (twice), Lufthansa Festival of
Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) (twice), Festival van Vlaanderen-Antwerpen (AMUZ),
Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition (twice), London Handel
Festival, Oxford Early Music Festival, Wilderness Festival, Clifton International Festival,
Turl Street Arts Festival and Freemantle Music and Arts Festival.
Richard has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' on multiple occasions, and he has
appeared on BBC Two's 'London Calling'
with Jools Holland. He is due to appear on the soundtrack of the forthcoming
cinematic release 'Bill', featuring the cast of BBC television's 'Horrible Histories'.
Richard will also make his dramaturgical cinematic and DVD debut upon the release of