Emeritus Professor Stephen Darlington MBE

Emeritus Organist and Student, Lay Canon Christ Church Cathedral


M.A., D.Mus., F.R.C.O., FRSCM, FGCM, Hon. RAM

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, and from 1999-2001 he was President of the Royal College of Organists. He is currently Choragus of the University of Oxford, and one of only two Oxford Doctors of Music in the Music Faculty, and from 1998-2000 he was President of the Royal College of Organists. He has recently been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and appointed as a Lay Canon of Christ Church. He retired in July 2018 after 33 years in post.

Research Interests

Music in England in the late 19th Century, 18th-century Neapolitan sacred music, English sacred music of the late-15th and early-16th centuries.

Publications include

An extensive discography, comprising over fifty CDs, includes several award-winning research-related recordings on labels such as EMI, Avie, Coro, Nimbus and Metronome. In recent years, these have included a 5-CD set of Music from the Eton Choirbook and a première recording of F. Durante’s Requiem.   


Walking, reading novels, travel, washing up.


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