Caitlin Mackenzie

Mezzo-soprano, Bridging the Gap

Isle of Lewis born mezzo soprano, Caitlin Mackenzie, is a recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree under the tutelage of Elizabeth McCormack. 

Caitlin began singing at the age of 8 as a member of the NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) Isle of Lewis area choir. She has worked her way through their National Girls Choir, NYCOS Training Choir and now sings with their flagship touring choir and Chamber Choir. Performances highlights with NYCOS include opening the Edinburgh International Festival with Haydn’s “The Creation” under the baton of Edward Gardner, performing Berlioz’s “Lelio” at Carnegie Hall, New York, under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and most notably performing in the ensemble of “West Side Story” at the Edinburgh International Festival. Most recently, Caitlin was a soloist in Britten’s “Hymn to St Cecilia” with the NYCoS Chamber Choir during their Lammermuir Festival performance in September 2023. 

Prior to starting her undergraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Caitlin attended the RCS Junior Conservatoire for two years. Throughout her studies at the RCS, she has worked with musicians such as Christopher Underwood, Mary King, Karen Cargill, Rachel Nicholls, and Beth Taylor in coaching sessions and masterclasses. 

Caitlin has thoroughly enjoyed working as a soloist and collaborating with various different community choirs such as Ayr Choral Union, Greenock Philharmonic Society and Arran Arts 

Festival. With these groups she has performed solos in Haydn’s “The Creation”, Mozart’s Requiem, Jenkin’s “The Armed Man” and a variety of repertoire for Christmas concerts, with a range of piano, organ, brass band and orchestral accompaniment. Caitlin is also a regular soloist in services at Glasgow Cathedral, led by the Andrew Forbes. 

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