Head of Music at a South London girls school Nick Beever completed his undergraduate at the RNCM before a choral scholarship at Truro Cathedral. He spent two years there singing services, concerts and international tours as both a member of the cathedral choir and as a soloist. He moved to London for MA studies at RAM then completed a PGCE at Greenwich University. He combines teaching with a busy schedule of recitals, operas and choral work. Recent highlights include Duruflé Requiem for Bristol Choral Society and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd for Dartington Summer School. He can be found singing regularly in the choirs of Rochester Cathedral and Methodist Central Hall Westminster. For many years he sang as a baritone but recently began singing as a countertenor. He has sung at St. Andrew’s previously and is delighted to present a programme of early music with Richard McKenize whom he first met at the age of 17 when they were studying at Chetham’s School of Music.
Richard MacKenzie is a sought-after soloist and collaborative artist on early and classical guitars, and lutes. His collaborations have included The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, The Hanover Band, Ex Cathedra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The City Waites (dir. Lucie Skeaping), The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe (seven productions and multiple workshops). Since completing a degree in music at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, Richard has seen the release of three acclaimed solo albums: ‘Il Rossetto’, ‘The Parisian Delight’ and ‘Tombeaux’, and the publication of his first musicological work. He has performed at every major British early music festival, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘Lunchtime Concert’ series on multiple occasions. Additionally, Richard has been broadcast alongside Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4, and he has appeared on BBC Two’s ‘London Calling’ with Jools Holland. Richard appears on the soundtrack of the cinematic release ‘Bill’ (2015) featuring the cast of BBC television’s ‘Horrible Histories’, in addition to the film soundtracks for ‘Draw on Sweet Night’ (2015) & ‘The Four Warriors’ (2015). Richard also made his dramaturgical cinematic and DVD debut upon the release of Shakespeare’s Globe’s ‘Titus Andronicus’.