Stephen Cleobury

English organist and conductor

Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE (/ˈklbəri/ KLEE-bər-ee; 31 December 1948 – 22 November 2019) was an English organist and Director of Music. He was known for his works with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the BBC Singers.[1]

Stephen Cleobury

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Cleobury in 2009
Stephen John Cleobury

(1948-12-31)31 December 1948
Bromley, Kent, England
Died22 November 2019(2019-11-22) (aged 70)
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge (organ scholar)
OccupationDirector of Music at King's College, Cambridge
(choirmaster and organist)
Parent(s)John F. Cleobury
Brenda J. Randall
RelativesNicholas Cleobury (brother)

He was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to choral music.[2][3]

Cleobury died on 22 November 2019, in his hometown of York, North Yorkshire of cancer, aged 70.[4]


  1. "Reign of King's", BBC Music Magazine (Christmas 2018 ed.), p. 38, 29 November 2018
  2. "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B2.
  3. Maguire, Samar (2019-06-07). "All the people from Cambridgeshire on the Queen's Birthday honours list 2019". cambridgenews. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  4. "Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019)". King's College, Cambridge. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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