"If you are not at the top of your game, there is little point in tackling the ferociously demanding Liszt and Reubke works - and Stephen Cleobury is on peak form." Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Unusually for such a busy conductor, Stephen Cleobury has remained active as an organist and most recently gave a recital at St Gereon in Cologne (see picture). He gives regular performances in the series of weekly organ recitals at the organ of King's Chapel and during the last year has played at Norwich Cathedral, Christ Church, Oxford, Cleveland, Ohio, the Minster in Bern, and performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto in Leicester.
In the past he has played in locations as diverse as Houston and Dallas, Leeds and Birmingham Town Halls, Westminster, Lincoln and St David’s Cathedrals, the Performing Arts Centre in Hong Kong, Haderslev Cathedral in Denmark, and Salt Lake’s huge LDS Conference Center, where he played to an audience of several thousand people. At the American Guild of Organists’ Convention in Minneapolis-St Paul in 2008, he gave the premiere of Judith Bingham’s organ concerto, Jacob’s Ladder.
He has recorded Bach Clavierübung Pt. 3 and the Leipzig Chorale Preludes for BBC Radio 3 and discs of on the organ of King’s include albums of music by Howells and Elgar, Priory Records have released a DVD of popular repertoire and a CD of organ music by Liszt, Reubke and Mendelssohn has been issued under the King’s College Choir label.
A CD of organ music by Liszt, Reubke and Mendelssohn appeared last year on the King’s College label, which this year issued a CD of Stephen playing music by his friends Simon Preston and George Baker, as well as works by Harvey Grace, Franck, and Mendelssohn, together with chorale preludes by Bach. Warner Classics, meanwhile, has just released a disc featuring Stephen on organ and Alison Balsom on trumpet.
Stephen was for 25 years the University of Cambridge Organist and is a past President of the Royal College of Organists.