Stephen Cleobury has for over thirty years been associated, as Director of Music, with one of the world’s most famous choirs, that of King’s College, Cambridge. His work at King’s has brought him into fruitful relationships with many leading orchestras and soloists, among them the Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia. He complements and refreshes his work in Cambridge through the many other musical activities in which he engages. 

At King’s, he has sought to maintain and enhance the reputation of the renowned Choir, considerably broadening the daily service repertoire, commissioning new music from leading composers, principally for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. A highlight of 2014 was a nationwide tour in Australia. He has conceived and introduced the highly successful annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts, and, in its wake, a series of high-profile performances throughout the year, Concerts at King’s. In the course of his work at King’s he has made many arrangements of carols and  hymns, a selection of which will be published in 2014 by Edition Peters in an anthology, Hymns from King’s.

As a sought-after guest conductor, masterclass leader and lecturer, he frequently works with visiting choirs in Cambridge as well as on his travels. This season he will appear in Madrid, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, Rome, as well as in the US and the UK.

Between 1995 and 2007 he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and since then has been Conductor Laureate. With the Singers he relished the opportunity to showcase challenging contemporary music and gave a number of important premieres. His many recordings with the Singers include albums of Tippett, Richard Strauss and Bach. This year he takes part in the celebrations surrounding the 90th anniversary of the Singers.

From 1983 to 2009 he was Conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, one of the world's oldest music societies, a role in which he not only conducted many orchestral works, but also most of the major works for chorus and orchestra. He continues to work with the chorus and orchestra, with whom he will perform Britten War Requiem in November 2014. His recordings with CUMS include Verdi Quattro Pezzi Sacri and Goehr The Death of Moses. As part of the 800thanniversary celebrations of Cambridge University he gave the premiere of The Sorcerer’s Mirror by Peter Maxwell Davies.

Performances as an organ recitalist also find him travelling the world. His broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 have included Bach Clavierübung Pt.3 and the Leipzig Chorale Preludes. CDs recorded on the organ of King’s include albums of music by Howells and Elgar, and Priory Records have issued a DVD of popular repertoire. The latest release, due in 2015 on the recently launched King's College label, is of Liszt and Reubke. 

He was created CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2009.

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Stephen Cleobury is always glad to hear from potential members of King's College Choir

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