Selva Morale with Stephen Cleobury

Claudio Monteverdi


Selva Morale e Spirituale (1640)


Stephen Cleobury

Madrid 21 – 23 April 2017


The British director  Stephen Cleobury returns to work with Zenobia Música in Madrid for the third consecutive year, this time to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of the great Claudio Monteverdi.

He will lead a seminar studying various pieces from Monteverdi’s collection “Selva Morale e Spirituale” published between 1640-41. The works that make up this collection were written during the years that Monterverdi was Maestro de Capilla of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and which may be considered as his testament of sacred music.

Beatus Vir – one of the works included in the seminar


The seminar will be co-directed by Rupert Damerell, Musical Director of Zenobia Música and former student of Stephen Cleobury.

There will be prior rehearsals in Madrid – dates tba.


The seminar will have a cost of 80 euros for those participating as choir member.

The fee includes the seminar, prior rehearsals and scores in digital format.

It will also include an invitation for one person to attend the final concert.

The seminar will have aproximately 20 hours of choral work ( including prior sessions and final concert)

The seminar will be held in Madrid, exact location t.b.a.

Those students attending at least 80% of the sessions will receive a diploma at the end of the seminar.

Details for application:


Pre-inscriptions will be reviewed by the Musical Director and applicants will be informed whether or not they have been admitted to the project.  The organization may possibly ask for an audition if considered appropriate.

Scores.  Accepted applicants will receive digital copies of the scores.

There is a limit of places.  Once a student has been admitted, the payment of the fee constitutes the reservation of the place, which are assigned in rigorous order of the payment of fees by the students previously admitted.

The organization reserves the right of admission of students and the right to change the program for cuases of force majeur.

The course fee should be paid using a bank transfer to the account below.

We request that you do not make any transfer until you have been informed of being admitted to the project.  

Beneficiary: Zenobia Música Asociación Cultural

Banco Sabadell c/c: IBAN: ES05 0081 0638 5600 0156 0959

Please put the student name as reference.

For any queries the contact telephone is : (34) 609 039 333 (between 19:00 and 22:00) or by email to

Please complete the form below:

IMPORTANT:  If you have not received any reply about your application within 24 hours, please write to us at since we try to reply immediately to all applications and yours might not have arrived properly.



Stephen Cleobury has been Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge for over 30 years. His work there has brought him into fruitful relationships with leading orchestras and soloists, among them the Academy of Ancient Music, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Philharmonia. He complements and refreshes his work in Cambridge through the many other musical activities in which he engages.

At King’s, he has sought to enhance the reputation of the world-famous Choir, broadening its repertoire, commissioning new music and developing its activities in broadcasting, recording and touring. He introduced the annual festival, Easter at King’s, from which the BBC regularly broadcasts, and, in its wake, a series of high-profile performances throughout the year, Concerts at King’s.

From 1995 to 2007 he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and is now Conductor Laureate. He was much praised for creating an integrated choral sound from this group of first-class professional singers and for the many premieres he conducted. He has nurtured generations of young musicians during his many years as Conductor of CUMS, and became the Society’s first Conductor Laureate earlier this year.

Beyond Cambridge he is in demand as a conductor, organist, adjudicator and leader of choral workshops: This season has taken him to Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Seattle and Cleveland, Ohio and has included concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.

Stephen is an active organ recitalist; he is a past President of the Royal College of Organists and of the Incorporated Association of Organists; he is currently President of the Friends of Cathedral Music and of the Herbert Howells Society. He was appointed CBE in 2009.