New President Elect for RCO

New President Elect for RCO


Dr Stephen Cleobury has been appointed President Elect of the Royal College of Organists (RCO).

He will take office as College President in Summer 2008, succeeding current President, Peter Wright.

An RCO member since his school days, Dr Cleobury has served the College in a number of capacities, including a long tenure as a council member, ten years as Honorary Secretary, and a previous term as President from 1990 to 1992.

Dr Cleobury is a distinguished and experienced musician. He is the Conductor Laureate of the BBC Singers, Organist and Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, and conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society. He received his early musical education at Worcester Cathedral, and was later Organ Student at St John’s College, Cambridge. He was then successively Organist at St Matthew’s, Northampton, Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

He said: “It is a great honour be taking on this role and to have the opportunity of building on the outstanding work done by Peter Wright.

“When the history of the College comes to be written, Peter’s work will be seen to have been incredibly important in many ways, from overseeing the implementation of an efficient new management structure to refreshing and reinvigorating the College’s focus on education and outreach.

“As Peter has clearly shown, the College can best continue to grow and prosper by steadily evolving and adapting to meet the needs of organists everywhere, and by working to inspire enthusiasm and affection for the music they represent.

“I am very much looking forward to continuing this work, first of all by ensuring continued stability and then by building on the College’s reputation for excellence in education and outreach and developing the relevance of the examinations without compromising the standards for which they are renowned.”

Current College President Peter Wright welcomed the appointment of Dr Cleobury.

He said: “Not only is Stephen an outstanding musician in his own right but, throughout his distinguished career, he has shown himself to a tireless ambassador for the College. I am delighted to see him returning to the position of President.”

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