Kathleen McKellar Ferguson is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama inboth piano (with Lawrence Glover) and singing(with Elizabeth Izatt).After finishing her teachertraining she pursued post graduate studies in singing at the Royal College of Music in London withMarion Studholme. On leaving college she received a Countess of Munster Scholarship and since thenshe has studied with Margaret Hyde.
Kathleen’s international concert career has taken her to, most notably, the GstaadFestival (Beethoven Symphony no 9 conducted by Menuhin), Festival of Sacred Music in Czestochowa inPoland, Mozart Festival in Vienna (Mozart Requiem), Orchestra of RAI in Milan, Tokyo Philharmonic(Messiah and Beethoven symphony no 9 in the suntory hall), Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra of Euskedein Spain, St Petersburg Camerata( Messiah in the Hermitage theatre and the Symphony hall) andOrchestra of the Theatre Royal de le Monnaie in Brussels (Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde) to namebut a few.
In the UK she has sung with many of the leading orchestras including the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Bach Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra at TheQueens Festival in Belfast, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square.Recordings include Beethoven Symphony no 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (also performed atthe Royal Festival Hall at the 75th birthday concert of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the presence of Her Majesty the QueenMother), Lily Boulanger’s Au fond de l’Abime at the Three Choirs Festival broadcast live forRadio 3 and Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall, London with the BBC Concert orchestra andHuddersfield Choral Society.
Kathleen sang many song recitals with her accompanists Peter Bailey and Merion Powell.Highlights include Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Queens Festival (Belfast) and in 1991 her WigmoreHall debut in London. She has also made numerous broadcasts for BBC religious department and forBBC television a Christmas Day Celebration. In 1996 she released a recording of Scottish folk songswith Peter Bailey.
Operatic Roles include Florence Pike (Albert Herring) at the Aldeburgh Festival, Marcellinaand Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro) for Pavillion Opera and Clonter Opera, Mercedes (Carmen) forClonter Opera, Maketaten (Akhnaten) for ENO, Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) for a tour of the Middle Eastand for Opera Forum in the Netherlands, Second Lady (Magic Flute) for the Theatre Royale de laMonnaie in Brussels and at the Aix-en Provence Festival with Les Arts Florissan under Sir WilliamChristie, and Bradamante (Alcina) for Flanders Opera in Antwerp under Jos van Imerseel and forZurich Opera under Niklaus Harnoncourt.
Whilst in London Kathleen taught singing at thePurcell School and at St Paul’s Girls school. She now lives in Scotland with her husband Grant andteaches singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.