Our mixed-ability Cathedral Choir sings primarily at the 9am Sunday Mass, leading the congregation in worship, and singing a wide range of liturgical music. Membership is open to all members of the parish, regardless of their musical experience or music reading abilities. Rehearsals take place weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. New members are always welcome, so please contact Michael Ferguson, Director of Music, for more information: DirectorOfMusic@stmaryscathedral.co.uk
Our Schola Cantorum brings together 8 voices to sing sacred music to the highest standards. The ensemble sings the full breadth of sacred art music, from plainchant and Renaissance polyphony, to newly composed works. The Schola Cantorum sings primarily at the 12pm Sunday Mass and is directed by Michael Ferguson, Director of Music. The ensemble aims to represent excellence in Catholic music-making both at St Mary’s Cathedral, in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and in the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland more generally.
Michael Ferguson, Director of Music
Dr Michael Ferguson is a music director, lecturer, and researcher. As Director of Music at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral he is responsible for overseeing and shaping all the liturgical music-making across the Cathedral parish. He directs the Schola Cantorum and Cathedral Choir.
Raised in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, Michael studied music at the universities of Edinburgh and Bristol, and also holds a PhD in music from the University of Edinburgh. Academic scholarships include an Arts and Humanities Research Council Professional Preparation Masters Scholarship for his postgraduate degree at Bristol University, and a three-year Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarship for his doctoral studies.
Michael is currently a Teaching Fellow in Music at the University of St Andrews, where he lectures on a range of topics including sacred music and opera. He is co-ordinator of the University’s ‘Music Leadership’ module, which sees a group of undergraduate students imagine, create, and perform a live concert over the course of a semester. Michael’s published research focuses primarily on music in the Roman Catholic Church, and his doctoral project explored the culture of music-making in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. Michael’s choral music has been performed in the UK, Ireland, and the USA, while his music for film has appeared on BBC TV, Channel 4, and at film festivals worldwide. As a music director, Michael has worked with a range of choirs and ensembles, from Troon Chorus to Edinburgh Gaelic Saltire Choir. He is currently Musical Director of Pentland Singers, a community choir based in Balerno.