King's advertises for a new Director of Music

Stephen Cleobury
Stephen Cleobury will retire at the end of September 2019

For the first time since 1982 King's is seeking a new Director of Music. Stephen Cleobury CBE will retire at the end of September 2019, after 37 years of outstanding service to the College and the Choir. During his distinguished tenure of the post he has not only maintained but significantly enhanced King's world famous choral tradition. 

The Provost, Professor Michael Proctor, said

The College owes a huge debt of gratitude to Stephen Cleobury for his distinguished service and tireless efforts and we shall be celebrating his unique contribution in due course. We are seeking someone of the highest calibre as his replacement, and look forward to seeing the music and Choir of King's thrive long into the future.

The Dean, the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry commented,

Choral musicians around the world look to King's for example and inspiration, and the pressures of the post are considerable. The Choir has developed its repertoire, and the extent of its touring and recording activity, very considerably in recent decades but the core of its life is the choral worship in Chapel that takes place every day in term. As we look to the future, the continued integrity and excellence of the music in Chapel will be a major priority.

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King’s College, Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Director of Music from 1 October 2019, in succession to Stephen Cleobury CBE, who will retire on 30 September 2019 having held the post since 1982. The position of Director of Music is a College Office, entitling the holder to become a Fellow of the College, with all the usual rights and privileges. Fellows are elected for five years at a time, normally with reappointment for further periods of five years until the retiring age (currently 67 years). A highly competitive stipend will be offered.

How to apply:

Further particulars, including details of the application process, may be downloaded here.

Applications should be emailed, by 9:00 am on Monday 12 March 2018, to Ms Bronach James, the Provost’s PA, at . Interviews for longlisted candidates will be held on 24 and 25 April. It is hoped to make a formal appointment to the position by early June 2018.

Appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance and, according to King’s College School’s Safeguarding Policy, two references that address the question of the candidate’s suitability for work with children. While the substantive position will commence on 1 October 2019 there is an opportunity for the successful candidate to take up office in a shadowing capacity from June 2019.

For further information or informal enquiries candidates should contact the Dean, the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry ( , 01223 331419), or Ms James (01223 331253).

26 January 2018