1 April

The Cleobury Concert

Every term, the King’s Music Department holds a Cleobury Concert. The concerts have been named in honour of Nicholas Cleobury (Ch 58-68) and his late brother, Sir Stephen Cleobury (Ch 58-67).

For the most recent Cleobury Concert, held in March 2022, we were delighted to be able to welcome Nicholas back to School to be a key part of the event.

Simon Taranczuk (Hon OV), Director of Music at King’s, said, “This latest Cleobury Concert presented a large programme, featuring many talented pupils across multiple year groups, to great acclaim from the audience of family, staff, and friends. We were also honoured that Nicholas could join us, and the pupils greatly benefitted from his many words of support and encouragement offered in rehearsals.”

Nicholas Cleobury and pupil

Nicholas himself is a very talented and expert international conductor, having worked extensively both in the UK and abroad (he worked in Brisbane for a few years, conducting many contemporary Australian works here). In the UK, his experience with orchestras is extensive: he has conducted all the BBC Orchestras, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia (Founder Laureate) the City of Birmingham Symphony, the City of London Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra, the English String Orchestra, the Guildford Philharmonic, the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the Swan (Associate Director), the Northern Sinfonia, the Oxford Philomusica, the Philharmonia, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the SouthBank Sinfonia and the Ulster Orchestra. He was Founder Artistic Director in 1992 of the Britten Sinfonia and has conducted orchestras and at Opera houses (notably Zurich) across the world as well as a wealth of choirs and choruses, including the BBC Singers, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

Nicholas Cleobury

Nicholas added, “It was a pleasure to be back in College Hall and be able to meet and hear so many present day King’s musicians. Music at King’s seems to be in “rude good health” and brilliantly overcoming the restrictions of COVID. Bravi.”

Christopher Allsop, Nicholas Cleobury, Simon Taranczuk

He continued, “From a BBC website: ‘Music brings people together – improves your health and well-being – your confidence and resilience – is a creative outlet and is fun!’

“King’s gave Stephen and me a wonderful start, and is doing so for so many pupils today.”