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Melissa Bradshaw

Sir Stephen Cleobury wins Musicians’ Company Choral Director Lifetime Achievement Award

2:06, 11th July 2019

 The inaugural Choral Director Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musicians’ Company has been awarded to Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE.

This new award honours an area the company has not recognised before despite the company’s roots and strong connections with the choral traditions of the country. The award recognises the contribution that Cleobury has made in the 37 years that he has been organist and director of music at King’s College, Cambridge and before that, as sub organist of Westminster Abbey and master of music at Westminster Cathedral. He was also chief conductor of the BBC Singers for 12 years and is now their conductor laureate.

Cleobury’s influence on the choral scene over the last few decades is recognised due to the regular and extensive commissioning of new choral works and through the numerous organ scholars he has trained who are now the choral directors of cathedrals and choral foundations throughout the UK and abroad. He is credited for keeping King’s College at the pinnacle of choral music and ensuring that King’s Choir has been at the forefront of every new technological development.


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