Anyone who hears the choir senses that every member is singing from the heart. That is what gives it such impact and intimacy. I don’t believe in suppressing individuality. I encourage each singer to create his own musical line, and it is my job to harness and harmonise them all.
Stephen Darlington is one of the country’s leading choral conductors. Since 1985 he has been Director of Music at Christ Church, Oxford, where he is also an Associate Professor. Previously Stephen was Master of the Music at St. Alban’s Abbey and Artistic Director of St. Alban’s 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. His outstanding strength is in his performances of choral music of the sixteenth century and of modern sacred music. An extensive discography, comprising over fifty CDs, includes several award-winning recordings. From 1998 to 2000 Stephen 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. He has recently been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and appointed as a Lay Canon of Christ Church.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Stephen Darlington are represented by Val Fancourt Music Management.