Michael Harris has been Organist and Master of the Music of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, since 1996; he is also a Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to moving to Edinburgh he held posts as Sub-Organist of Leeds Parish Church and Assistant Organist of Canterbury Cathedral.
As Organist of St Giles’ Cathedral he hosts many organ concerts on the famous Rieger organ (built in 1992) and his work has involved him in numerous recordings and broadcasts, both for Television and Radio. Under his direction the Cathedral Choir has visited the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
He has made a number of solo recordings, including two discs released in 2016, a disc of Scottish and French organ music, The Auld Alliance AGD003, and the complete organ sonatas of August Gottfried Ritter for Priory Records PRCD 1162. He has directed the Cathedral Choir in a series of CD recordings, with two recordings, on St Giles’ own label, Aegidius, released in 2014 to critical acclaim.
Michael has given recitals at many venues in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Poland, USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the UK, where he has played in many of the major venues. He was Music Director of the Scottish Chamber Choir from 1998 to 2010, and is currently director of the a cappella vocal ensemble, Cantica Alba, who have given concerts in Scotland, Germany and Malta, and Denmark.
He is also much involved in organ and choral education. He has led a number of study tours to Germany, with a special interest in the organs of Thüringen and Saxony. His Edinburgh Napier University duties include supervision of final year performance students, and directing the University Chamber Choir.