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Cleobury, Nicholas (Randall)

Cleobury, Nicholas (Randall)

Cleobury, Nicholas (Randall), English conductor, organist, pianist, and harpsichordist, brother of Stephen (John) Cleobury; b. Bromley, June 23, 1950. He was educated at Worcester Coll., Oxford (M.A.). After serving as asst. organist at Chichester Cathedral (1971–72) and Christ Church, Oxford (1972–76), he was chorus master at the Glyndebourne Festival and asst. director of the BBC Singers (1977–79). From 1981 to 1988 he was principal opera conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and also artistic director of Aquarius from 1983 to 1992. He was principal guest conductor of the Gavie Sym. Orch. in Sweden from 1989 to 1991, and was artistic director of the Cambridge Sym. Soloists from 1990 to 1992 and of the Cambridge Festival in 1992. From 1990 to 1994 he was music director of Broomhill Arts. In 1992 he became director of the Britten Sinfonia. He also was a guest conductor of the Zurich Opera from 1993 and music director of the Oxford Bach Choir from 1997. As a guest conductor, he appeared widely with orchs. and operas houses in England and abroad.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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