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NICHOLAS CLEOBURY is one of Britain’s most experienced and respected conductors. An orchestral and operatic interpreter of flair and imagination, he is also an expert choral conductor and has a passionate commitment to contemporary music. 

Cleobury is Founder Laureate of the Britten Sinfonia, with whom he performed many outstanding concerts throughout the UK and at the BBC Proms, and made numerous CDs including first recordings of Richard Rodney Bennett and Frank Bridge. His R Strauss recording with David Pyatt won a Gramophone Award and his Britten song cycles with John Mark Ainsley won critical acclaim. 



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Nicholas Cleobury's experience as orchestral conductor is extensive. In the UK, he has worked with all the BBC Orchestras, the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra; Royal Scottish National, Philharmonia, the Hallé, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

On the international scene, Cleobury has conducted orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Gävle Symphony (as Principal Guest) and Swedish Radio Symphony. 


Operatically, Nicholas Cleobury enjoyed great success as Artistic Director of Mid Wales Opera - his first tour with Verdi's Falstaff was named in The Telegraph as one of the "Top 10 Opera Events of 2010" - and was subsequently appointed Head of Opera at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, where his acclaimed productions included Die Zauberflöte, L'Etoile and Albert Herring (Directed by Bruce Beresford) and the Debussy/Ravel Double Bill (Directed by Stephen Barlow). 


Founder Laureate- Britten Sinfonia

Cleobury has conducted at many opera companies and festivals including Aldeburgh; English National Opera, Hamburg Opera, Canadian Opera Company; Gothenburg Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Chicago Opera Theater; Welsh National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera and Opera Omaha. He has also conducted extensively at Zurich Opera, where his productions have included Die Entführung, Le Grand Macabre, Harley (world premiere), Leonora, Le Vin Herbe, Peter Grimes, Where the Wild Things Are and Die Zauberflöte.


As Artistic Director of Britten in Oxford in Britten's centenary year, Nicholas Cleobury conducted the War Requiem, the world premiere of the Two Psalms and a special birthday concert in the Sheldonian Theatre with the English Chamber Orchestra. 


Recent invitations included A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and a programme of British Classics with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and 2021/22 highlights include performances with the London Mozart Players (Wimbledon International Music Festival) and English Symphony Orchestra (Sandringham Estate).


“….among this country’s most dynamic and versatile conductors.”


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