Duncan Ferguson has responsibility for the musical life of St Mary’s Cathedral including the recruitment, training, and conducting of the Cathedral Choir, as well as organising and performing in the month-long series of services, recitals, and broadcasts during the Edinburgh Festival. He previously held organ scholarships at Magdalen College, Oxford and at St Paul’s Cathedral. Duncan gained a Distinction for his Master of Studies degree at Oxford, with his academic focus being the place of music within the writing of history. At St Paul’s he worked daily with the cathedral choir including performances at diocesan and national services, before joining St Mary’s initially as Assistant Organist. He was also the Assistant Director of Music at St Michael’s, Cornhill, and a harmony and counterpoint tutor at King’s College, London.
As an organist he has performed across the UK and in the USA, and for numerous broadcasts on BBC radio and television. He is the organ teacher at St Mary’s Music School and has led workshops on behalf of the RCO and RSCM. Duncan’s solo disc of works by William Faulkes was released in 2015 by Delphian (DCD34148). His work with the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral has earned him significant critical acclaim: of his first recording, The Times wrote that ‘Duncan Ferguson is plainly a wizard’. In addition to conducting the Cathedral Choir, Duncan has worked as conductor and accompanist with various orchestras, choral societies, community and youth choirs. His teachers included Thomas Trotter, David Goode and Kevin Bowyer, while he worked with Grayston (Bill) Ives, John Scott and Malcolm Archer at Magdalen and St Paul’s respectively.