New Year Honours 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of an MBE ‘for services to music’ to Professor Stephen Darlington, who retired from his post in September 2018.

Stephen Darlington was a long-serving member of the Faculty, as well as Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church for over thirty years.

He is one of the UK’s leading choral conductors. He 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 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 made over 50 recordings, included an acclaimed series of recordings of music from the Eton Choirbook. He has collaborated with distinguished contemporary composers such as Judith Weir, John Tavener and Howard Goodall. From 1998 to 2000 he was President of the Royal College of Organists. He is the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate, a Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music, and Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music.