Nicholas Cleobury's experience with orchestras is extensive. In the UK he has conducted all the BBC Orchestras; Bournemouth Symphony; Brighton Philharmonic; Britten Sinfonia (Founder Laureate); City of Birmingham Symphony; City of London Sinfonia; English Chamber Orchestra; English String Orchestra; Guildford Philharmonic; Halle Orchestra; London Mozart Players; London Philharmonic; London Symphony; Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; Orchestra of the Swan (Associate Director); Northern Sinfonia; Oxford Philomusica; Philharmonia; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Royal Philharmonic; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; RTE Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; SouthBank Sinfonia and Ulster Orchestra.
He is Founder Artistic Director in 1992 of the Britten Sinfonia, His dedication to this fine ensemble contributed to its international success. Under his direction, Britten Sinfonia performed many outstanding well-received concerts all over East Anglia and throughout the UK and at the BBC Proms. He made many critically acclaimed CDs with them, including first recordings of Richard Rodney Bennett and Frank Bridge. His Strauss recording with David Pyatt won a Gramophone Award and his Britten SONG CYCLES with John Mark Ainsley won critical acclaim. The Mozart CLARINET CONCERTO was voted classicfm's Number 1 Easter Choice. Since 2004 he has held the title of Founder Laureate.“High praise is due to Cleobury who seems to have found even more nuances in the orchestral parts of all three works than his predecessors.”
Beethoven’s 8TH SYMPHONY Queen Elizabeth Hall:
“This was music of iron sinew, in Cleobury’s hands, fearsomely strong but nimble.”
“Cleobury stamped his mark on Stravinsky’s Symphony in C in a memorable performance. Where some conductors make this neo-classical masterpiece sound dry, Cleobury found the wit and textural clarity and delivered the outer movements with blistering bite.”
He has conducted orchestras across the world including: the Albanian Radio/TV Symphony; Aalborg Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Belgian Chamber; Belgian National; Cape Philharmonic; Copenhagen Philharmonic; Czech Philharmonic; Eastern Cape Philharmonic; Gavle Symphony(Principal Guest); Goteborg Symphony; Gulbenkian Orchestra;, Helsingborg Symphony; Johannesburg Philharmonic, KZN Orcherstra, Durban, Lithuanian Chamber, Helsingborg Symphony, Hong Kong Chamber, Irish Chamber, Malmo Symphony, Macedonian Philharmonic, Norkorping Symphony; Odense Symphony; Orchestra Victoria (Australia); San Remo Symphony; Singapore Symphony; Slovenian Radio; Stockholm Philharmonic; Swedish Radio; Tonhalle Zurich; Turku Symphony; Trondheim Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Winterthur Orchestras.