The concert is jointly sponsored by the Beeville Concert Association and the St. Philip’s Music in the Nave series.
Cleobury is a highly versatile musician who relishes the opportunities he has to appear in a variety of roles and across a broad range of repertoire.
As director of music at King’s College, Cambridge and conductor laureate of the BBC Singers, he is associated with two of Britain’s most famous choirs and works with leading symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles.
At King’s, he has sought to maintain and enhance the reputation of the world-famous choir, widening the daily service repertoire, commissioning new music from leading composers and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. In March 2005, he instigated the highly successful annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts.
In 2009, King’s Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music gave the first ever live simultaneous transmission of a concert (Handel’s Messiah) direct into cinemas across Europe and North America. In the wake of Easter at King’s, Cleobury founded Concerts at King’s, a series of performances throughout the year. One of the highlights of the 2009-2010 Concerts at King’s was a concert featuring Bryn Terfel, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, King’s Choir, and the Cambridge University Music Society Chorus under Cleobury’s direction of the Fauré Requiem.
For 26 years, Cleobury was conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, one of the UK’s oldest music societies, a role in which he has directed the major works for chorus and orchestra as well as symphonic repertoire, highlights including Mahler Symphony No. 8 in the Royal Albert Hall and Britten War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral on the 50th anniversary of its bombing.
In 2009, as part of the University’s 800th anniversary celebrations, he directed CUMS in the première of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Sorcerer’s Mirror in Cambridge; the London première followed at the City of London Festival in a concert which also included the première of John Harle’s City Solstice: a Love Song for London Bridge, given by King’s College Choir.
As an organ recitalist, Stephen has played in venues as diverse as the Cultural Centre, Hong Kong, the Conference Centre of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City and Haderslev Cathedral in Denmark.
He gave the première of Judith Bingham’s Organ Concerto, Jacob’s Ladder, at the American Guild of Organists’ Convention in Minneapolis-St Paul, and the final concert in Westminster Cathedral recital series. His latest recording project for organ, a DVD of mixed repertoire on the King’s organ for Priory Records, was released last year and was DVD of the Month in Gramophone magazine.
Cleobury is a past president of the Royal College of Organists and of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He was appointed C.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honors of 2009.
Cleobury will appear in the United States in 2013 as choral clinician for Treble Fest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Ohio; at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Md.; for solo organ recital at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beeville; as choral clinician and solo recitalist at Utah State University in Logan, Utah; and in solo recital for Seattle Symphony’s organ recital series.
John Blackburn, St. Philip’s organist, arranged for Cleobury’s Beeville concert.
Admission for adults who do not hold BCA season tickets is $10. Students through high school age are admitted free, as is any adult who accompanies two students; Coastal Bend College students will be admitted with their photo IDs.
Each Music in the Nave concert has a charitable focus; Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign is the one designated for the Cleobury concert. Audience members will have the opportunity to donate at the end of the concert if they wish to do so.