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
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
As a sought-after guest conductor, masterclass leader and lecturer, he frequently works with visiting choirs in
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
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
He was created CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2009.
For more information please visit www.stephencleobury.net
Stephen Cleobury is always glad to hear from potential members of King's College Choir