Professor Stephen Darlington

Cathedral Organist and Tutor in Music


M.A., D.Mus., F.R.C.O.

Academic Background

Stephen Darlington's links with Christ Church began in the early 1970s, as Organ Scholar under Simon Preston.  Subsequently he became Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, and then Master of the Music at St Alban's Abbey, where he ran the International Organ Festival.  In 1985 he returned to Christ Church as Organist and Tutor in Music.  He is currently Choragus of the University of Oxford, the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate, and from 1999-2001 he was President of the Royal College of Organists.

Undergraduate Teaching

Techniques of Composition, Choral Studies, Music in England in the late 19th Century, Early 20th Century Music.

Research Interests

His outstanding strength is in his performance of choral music of the 16th Century and of modern sacred music.

Publications include

An extensive discography includes several award-winning CDs such as: Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy (nominated for a Grammy Award), Victoria Missa Dum Complerentur and Walton Choral Works. Both Haydn Stabat Mater and De Monte Masses and Motets have received Gramophone magazine recommendations. The most recent release Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas (2007) by John Taverner (the first musical director at Christ Church) was nominated “Editor’s Choice” in the Gramophone.


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