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Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury has since 1982 been associated 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, the Britten Sinfonia and the Philharmonia. From 1983 to 2009 he was Conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, a role in which he has not only conducted many orchestral works, but most of the major works for chorus and orchestra.

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, including Giles Swayne’s Havoc, Edward Cowie’s Gaia, and Francis Grier’s Passion, all these with the distinguished ensemble, Endymion. His many recordings with the Singers include albums of Tippett, Richard Strauss and Bach.

At King’s, he has sought to maintain and enhance the reputation of the renowned Choir, broadening the daily service repertoire, commissioning new music from leading composers, and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. He has conceived and introduced the highly successful annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts, as well as a series of high-profile performances throughout the year, Concerts at King’s. 

As a choral clinician and workshop leader Stephen Cleobury has worked with choirs from all over the world, either welcoming them to Cambridge or visiting their country, often as a judge in a choral competition. Performances as an organ recitalist also find him travelling the world. His work as an arranger of choral music is well known, and includes carols, folksongs and descants. Most recently his music has been published by Edition Peters.