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Stephen Darlington


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Stephen Darlington is a British choral director and conductor who was president of the Royal College of Organists from 1999 to 2001.

In the early 1970s Stephen Darlington was organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied under Simon Preston. He was then appointed assistant organist at Canterbury Cathedral where he stayed for 4 years before being appointed master of the music at St. Alban’s Abbey, where he was also music director of the International Organ Festival.

In 1985, Stephen Darlington returned to Christ Church, Oxford as organist and tutor in music.

Stephen Darlington has recorded over 50 CDs, of which several have won awards and other recognition such as Gramophone recommendations.

In his worldwide travels as an organist and conductor, Stephen Darlington has worked with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hanover Band, English String Orchestra and London Musici. Christ Church Choir have sung under his direction with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, James Bowman and others. He has also collaborated with contemporary composers including John Tavener and Howard Goodall, being featured in Goodall’s ChoirWorks and OrganWorks series.

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