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Dr. Stephen Darlington

Dr. Stephen Darlington is one of the UK’s leading choral conductors. He has been Director of Music and Tutor in Music at Christ Church since 1985. Previously he was Master of the Music at St. Alban’s Abbey and Artistic Director of the world-famous International Organ Festival. He has established Christ Church as an acknowledged centre of academic musical excellence, and maintained the highest choral traditions of the Church of England in the Cathedral. He is renowned for his direction of choral music of the 16th century, and of modern sacred music, with an extensive discography including several award-winning recordings


Stephen has travelled worldwide with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, performing with many great artists including Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, James Bowman, Paul Whelan and John-Mark Ainsley. He has collaborated with distinguished contemporary composers such as Gabriel Jackson, Robert Saxton, Judith Weir, John Tavener, Howard Goodall and Francis Grier. Stephen is  a former President of the Royal College of Organists, and is currently Chairman of the Ouseley Trust, Choragus of the University of Oxford and holder of a Lambeth Doctorate in Music.


The Missa Aedes Christi (Mass for the House of Christ) was commissioned by Stephen Darlington for the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, with funds provided by the JPT Family Trust (via Cantata Dramatica) and the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral.


Stephen Darlington is represented by Val Fancourt Music Management

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