Professor 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 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 Judith Weir, John Tavener and Howard Goodall. From 1998 to 200 Stephen was President of the Royal College of Organists.

He is the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate.

A full list of CD publications, TV and radio recordings and public concerts may be found on the website:

The following is a select list of publications as Director of Christ Church Cathedral Choir:

MET CD 1030,1031 Ashwell and Aston
Missa Jesu Christe and Missa Videte manus tuas

LAMM 146D Britten
The Golden Vanity; Children’s Crusade
MET CD 1037 De Monte
Missa Aspice Domine & Motets

AV2167 Eton Choirbook
More Divine than Human, Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. 1
(Vespers 1610 CD of the year; nominated for a Gramophone Award)

AV2184 Eton Choirbook
Choirs of Angels, Music from the Eton Choirbook, Vol. 2
(Nominated for a Gramophone Award; International Record Review ‘Outstanding CD’)

EMI 50999 2 15047 2 3 Goodall
Eternal Light: A Requiem with London Musici
(Classical Brit Award)

NI6201 Handel arr. Mendelssohn
Acis and Galatea

GCCD4029 Haydn
Stabat Mater with London Musici

GCCD 4042 Janácek
The Lord’s Prayer; Ave Maria

AV2123 Taverner
Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas

NI5266 Tippett
Choral Works

NI5166 Vaughan Williams
An Oxford Elegy, Flos Campi, Te Deum
English String Orchestra, Roger Best (Viola)
(Recording nominated for a Grammy Award)

NI5278 Vivaldi
Glorias RV588/RV589 with Hanover Band

Treasures of Christ Church
(Radio 3 CD of the week)

Concert appearances in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall; Aldeburgh, Harrogate, Spitalfields and Newbury Festivals; featured television appearances on all the major TV channels; concert tours to Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany (East and West), Holland, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, USA.


Conductor, with research interests in early 20th-century music.