Condolence Book


It is with great sadness that King’s College has learned of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury. Following a long illness, Stephen died peacefully in the late evening of 22 November – the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians – in York, where he had lived since his retirement in September.

You are welcome to submit a message of condolence here, which will be reviewed before publishing.



Sir Stephen's works & broadcasts will never be forgotten, a truly great man who the musical world will miss enormously
Sarah Hollingsworth
To the familie of Stephen Cleobury , With great sadness we learned of the death of Stephen. Not knowing hè was a long time ill. We think with great warms to Stephen, just in these days so close before the yearly Festifal. Happy Christmas/New Year, P.Rubsamen
P.H.M.Rubsamen- the Netherlands - Heerde
Il mondo della musica sacra ha perso uno dei suoi più pregevoli interpreti. Grazie di tutto.
Mirko Luppi
I have long enjoyed the choral music from King’s College Cambridge and on this penultimate evening before this year’s Festival I am saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Stephen Cleobury. His is a legacy for the ages and he will be in the thoughts of many as this year’s service commences. His successor Daniel Hyde is an excellent musician and will have an excellent legacy to build upon.
Dennis Koga
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Cleobury. I so appreciated the many years of beautiful singing of the Kings College Choir. I feel that the exceptional tone quality of this choir rises above all other similar choirs. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world.
Laura Enuco
We spend the afternoon of every Christmas Eve listening to and being inspired by the wonderful music of the Kings College. Despite not being religious, it was a spiritual experience. Thank you Sir Stephen, your influence will continue for many years to come.
Joan Hartley
Vale Sir Stephen. Many here in Australia felt a deep connection with his work, always edifying and inspiring. Rest in harmony, "and hear such heavenly notes, and carollings Of God's high praise, that fills the brazen sky" Spenser
Greg Walker
I had the privilege of working with Stephen for five years as Head of King’s College School. His vast musical knowledge, capacity for taking pains over every detail (including my punctuation), dedication to the choir and ability to develop get the best out of the choristers was incredibly impressive. He never missed an opportunity to work, even reading Grove for the whole of a flight from the USA, and to study scores. After Brendel gave a concert he pointed out to me that he had struck a single wrong note in the whole of his programme! It is incredibly sad that he didn’t get to enjoy a well-earned retirement but I’m sure he would have continued to be very active in music, so strong was his work ethic. He will be greatly missed by all lovers of the Choir and music in general and what a marvellous education in music he gave his choristers, choral and organ Scholars.
Andrew Corbett
We are immeasurably saddened by the passing of Stephen Cleobury. He was, and is, a man to emulate and admire. So sorry for his families’ loss.
John and Michelle Hall in America
A true gentleman. RIP
Richard Redding
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To mark the outstanding career of Sir Stephen Cleobury, we wish to permanently endow the Director of Music position at King's.