Sir Stephen Cleobury was Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge since 1982. His work brought him into fruitful relationships with leading orchestras and soloists.
At King’s he sought to enhance the reputation of the world-famous Choir, broadening its repertoire, commissioning new music (especially for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast by the BBC since 1928) and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. He nurtured generations of young musicians throughout Cambridge University during his many years as Conductor of the Cambridge Music Society.
Beyond Cambridge he was in demand as a conductor. From 1995 to 2007 he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers.
He was also an active organ recitalist. A past President of the Royal College of Organists and of the Incorporated Association of Organists, he was also President of the Friends of Cathedral Music and of the Herbert Howells Society. He was appointed CBE in 2009 and knighted in 2019. He passed away in November of the same year.