Stephen Cleobury’s 30th Anniversary Dinner




A celebratory dinner was held at the University Arms Hotel in honour of Stephen Cleobury’s 30 years with CUMS. Ninety five people attended – current and past chorus members, former conductors and friends of CUMS. The guest speaker was former King’s organ scholar, CUMS Assistant Conductor and chorus rehearsal pianist:  Daniel Hyde, now Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford who spoke about what he gained from being part of CUMS.


We were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, an excellent 3-course meal and speeches by Caroline Goulder (Chorus Manager), Daniel Hyde and Stephen Cleobury. Here are the mp3 files and an extract from Caroline’s speech:

Caroline Goulder & Martin Richardson

Daniel Hyde

Stephen Cleobury

“We are here this evening to mark and indeed celebrate the extraordinary contribution Stephen has made to CUMS and particularly the chorus over the past 30 years. We all appreciate not only Stephen’s skills as a conductor but also his artistic vision which have enabled the chorus, and also other ensembles, to enjoy a hugely diverse range of musical experiences – the many wonderful concerts at King’s chapel, the opera galas, the Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with the King’s Chapel Choir, concerts with the Philharmonia and Alison Balsom, Bryn Terfel…. and some particular individual highlights eg. War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral on the 60th anniversary of the bombing , Mahler 8 in Ely Cathedral with huge forces and offstage brass high up in the gallery and singing  at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. Inevitably, there have been a few challenges which Stephen may prefer to forget eg. competing with fireworks outside Ely Cathedral during the quiet opening movement of Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts, conducting Beethoven 9 in temperatures of over 40 degrees in Florence and perhaps rather too frequently not hearing a complete orchestra until the concert itself but I hope, Stephen, you can look back on the past 30 years with pride in the knowledge that you are greatly valued for all that you have given to CUMS.”


Thanks are due to Martin Richardson for organising the event and to Kerstin Timm for producing the menus.



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Cambridge University Musical Society
West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Principal Guest Conductor
Sir Roger Norrington CBE
CUMS Conductor Laureate
Stephen Cleobury CBE
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy