Nicholas Cleobury

Nicholas has conducted a wealth of choirs and choruses, including the BBC Singers, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, with repertoires ranging from early music to some of today’s most challenging and notable contemporary vocal scores.

He is Principal Conductor of JAM, where he has conducted numerous premieres including works by Judith Bingham, Philip Cashian, Jonathan Dove, Adam Gorb, John McCabe, Paul Mealor, Thea Musgrave and Julian Philips, as well numerous new works from the submission scheme.

He works with the BBC Singers, the choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Onyx Brass and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

He has conducted many leading chamber choirs including: Aalborg Philharmonic Choir; BBC Singers (regular guest and Assistant Director 1977–1980); Danish Radio Choir; English Bach Festival Choir; Guildford Camerata; Netherlands Chamber Choir; Netherlands Radio Choir; New Israel Vocal Ensemble; Schola Cantorum of Oxford (Director 1973–1977); Swedish Radio Choir.

He has conducted numerous choruses in the UK, including: Belfast Philharmonic; Brighton Philharmonic; Bournemouth Symphony; CBSO; Edinburgh Choral Union; Halle Choir; Huddersfield Choral Society; Leicester Philharmonic; London Choral Society; Northern Sinfonia; Norwich Festival Choir; Royal Choral Society and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

He regularly conducts for the Berkshire Choral Festival (USA and UK) and many other choirs, including: Malmo Symphony Chorus; Melbourne Chorale; Odense Chorus; Orfeon Donosstiara/San Sebastian; Sonderborg Chorus; Soweto and Springs Township Choirs.

Nicholas Cleobury was Principal Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir from 1997–2015. Under his guidance, the choir continued its tradition of performing not only well-known repertoire but also of supporting new music. Among these new works are notably Nicholas Maw’s Hymnus (recorded for ASV), a performance of David Matthews’ Vespers, the world premiere of Martin Butler’s Two Rivers and in 2010 the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem and a recording of Jonathan Dove’s For an unknown soldier.

In November 2012 he gave the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Song of names with the London Mozart Players and Portsmouth Grammar School and in 2014 Jonathan Dove’s For an unknown soldier