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BARRY FERGUSON (b. 1942) As a boy, Barry was Head Chorister at Exeter Cathedral (and accomplished enough, by then, to play for choir practice), and later a music scholar at Clifton College in Bristol under Douglas Fox. He read music at Cambridge, where he was organ scholar of its oldest college, Peterhouse. From there he went to be Assistant Organist to Stanley Vann at Peterborough Cathedral (who died shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday in 2010), then Organist of Wimborne Minster in 1971, and from 1977 Organist & Master of the Choristers at Rochester. In 1994 he "retired" to Dorset, where he is now active as a freelance musician and composer. His faux-bourdon setting of the Jubilate, based on the plainsong Tone 5, was written “in loving memory of Michael McCree” - a former Rochester Lay Clerk - in June 1992, three weeks after Mike’s death in a road accident shortly after retiring from the choir. This piece was written for the Boys & Men of Rochester Cathedral Choir.

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