Stephen Cleobury

Biography

Born: December 31, 1948; Bromley, England  
Although Stephen Cleobury (pronounced "clow-bury," the first syllable rhyming with how) has spent his career as an organist and director of English cathedral and college choirs, activities associated primarily with very old music, he has long shown a commitment to quite new music, as well. Cleobury got an early start in music as a boy chorister at Worcester Cathedral, then studied organ and choral music under George Guest, David Willcocks, and Read more others at St. John's College, Cambridge. Named sub-organist at Westminster Abbey in 1974, Cleobury gave the premiere of Malcolm Williamson's The Lion of Suffolk at Benjamin Britten's memorial service in 1976. This was Cleobury's first high-profile connection with brand new music, a connection he would maintain through the coming years.

In 1979 Cleobury was appointed master of music at Westminster Cathedral, and in 1982 he added to his duties music director at King's College, Cambridge. From this position, he was able to commission a new Christmas carol every year for King's College's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (often broadcast internationally). As director of the Cambridge University Musical Society from 1983, he conducted the first performances of works by Robin Holloway and Robert Saxton. This experience put him in good stead when he was named principal conductor of the versatile BBC Singers in 1995; that year he also became a visiting professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Cleobury has made many recordings as a choral director and as an organist, often exploring the less-traveled corners of the repertory. His younger brother is orchestral conductor Nicholas Cleobury. Read less
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  • 1.
    Choir of King's College Cambridge - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 940823 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Lochmann,  Richard Eteson,  Margaret Cameron,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    100 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332452 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston,  Nicholas Kynaston,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato  ... 
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    Purcell: Music For The Chapel Royal, Verse Anthems / Guest, St. John's College Choir
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805003 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Inia Te Wiata,  Robert Tear,  Christopher Keyte  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Liszt - The Collection [34-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001571102 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Shura Cherkassky,  Jorge Bolet,  John Ogdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Herbert von Karajan,  Iván Fischer,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Grand Organ Of King's College - Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn / Stephen Cleobury
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Herbert Howells,  Eugene Gigout,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury
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    Ave Maria
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421029 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Peter White,  Felicity Palmer,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra  ... 
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    World Of Wedding Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436402 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Harry Dilley,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Peter White  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Stephen Cleobury Plays The Music Of Sir Edward Elgar On The Harrison & Harrison Organ, King's College, Cambridge
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 6010 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury
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    C. Hubert Parry : Organ Works
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 8102 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Arthur Wills,  Graham Barber,  Colin Walsh,  David Briggs  ... 
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    Purcell: Te Deum & Jubilate / Guest, Bowman, Cleobury, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Serenata Series   Catalog: 430263 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Forbes Robinson,  Robert [boy soprano] Smith,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Symphoniae Sacrae Consort of Sackbuts
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    Dvorak: Mass, Op 86;  Liszt: Missa Choralis / Preston, Guest
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430364 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Nicholas Cleobury,  Alan [Tenor Vocal] Byers,  Neil Ritchie,  Robert Morton  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir
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    A Celebration Of Herbert Howells / Stephen Cleobury
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430205 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Howells
    Performer:  Peter Barley,  Stephen Cleobury,  Gregory Moore,  Simon Williams
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    Faure: Requiem Op.48/Durufle: Requiem
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467456 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Jonathon Bond,  Stephen Cleobury,  Benjamin Luxon,  John Shirley-Quirk  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album Ii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000535502 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Franz Schubert,  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Stephen Cleobury,  Stephen Goss  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Barry Rose,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Annunzio Paolo Mantovani Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Choral Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000316102 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  John Tavener  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Conn,  Helen Tunstall,  Stephen Cleobury,  Peter Aronsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerold Ottley,  Edward Higginbottom,  Stephen Cleobury,  Terry Edwards  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Oxford New College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    The Essential Wedding Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233302 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Wright,  Francis Lai,  Bryan Adams,  Giorgio Moroder  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Peter Hurford,  Richard Farnes,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Michael Kamen,  Julius Rudel,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Organ Favorites From King's College, Cambridge / Cleobury
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt,  Louis Vierne,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 19.
    Simply Christmas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000123002 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Traditional,  Emil Waldteufel,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Placido Domingo,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Carl Davis,  Douglas Gamley,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  London Voices  ... 
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    Bedroom Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000088602 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir William Walton,  Edvard Grieg,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Heinz Holliger,  William Bennett,  Eduardo Fernandez  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Andrew Litton,  Iona Brown,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    The #1 Wedding Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000027402 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Helen Guy,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Laird,  Peter Hurford,  Placido Domingo,  Wolfgang Marschner  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinrich Steiner,  Roberto Benzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 22.
    For Your Life - For Your Wedding
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000003312 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Thelma Owen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Heinrich Steiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  Nordmark Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Fanfare! - A Whirlwind Tour Of 30 World Famous Organs
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5000 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francis Jackson,  Alexandre Pierre Boëly  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Gower,  Keith John,  James Lancelot,  Gerard Brooks  ... 
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    Essential Christmas - 30 Seasonal Favourites
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473345 Release Date: 10/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  Irving Berlin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Simon Preston,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Carl Davis,  Sir David Willcocks,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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    The #1 Choral Album - Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Bizet, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470382 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Tavener,  Charles Gounod,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  Stephen Doughty,  Bryn Terfel,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Bonynge,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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