On Friday 30th September we were absolutely delighted to welcome OV Nicholas Cleobury (Ch 58-68) back to School.
Nicholas had several meetings in Worcester on Friday but made time to say hello to Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie, and Director of Music, Simon Taranczuk (Hon OV). Sophie was so happy to sit down with Nicholas and to hear all about his last year and the effects COVID has had on the Arts and particularly on live performances. Nicholas was thrilled to have just finished teaching some in-person classes at the Royal Academy and Royal College in London.
With that in mind, Nicholas and Director of Music Simon were able to talk about the Music department at King’s and in particular the role Nicholas will be able to play in advising and working with some of King’s current musicians.
Pupils here will benefit immensely from Nicholas’s extensive and impressive professional experiences; a talented conductor internationally and here in the UK, Nicholas has worked with the likes of the BBC Orchestras, the Britten Sinfonia (of which he is the Founder Laureate) and all of the following orchestras: the City of Birmingham Symphony, the City of London Sinfonia, the English Chamber, the English Symphony, the Halle, the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony. He has also worked with the London Mozart Players, most of the UK Opera houses and notably at the Zurich opera. He was Founder Artistic Director in 1992 of the Britten Sinfonia and has conducted orchestras across the world, as well as a wealth of choirs and choruses, including the BBC Singers, the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.
It was such a pleasure to see Nicholas and we look forward to seeing him back at King’s in the not too distant future.