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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL CHOIR
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, founded 500 years ago, holds a distinctive place within the great English choral tradition. Unlike all other collegiate and cathedral choirs, it serves both an Oxford college and a diocese. The choir is revered for the vibrancy of its sound and its artistic flexibility, performing early and contemporary music with equal skill. On recent tours, in addition to performing its own programmes, the choir has worked intensively alongside local community choirs in Portugal, Jamaica, Bermuda, China and the USA, culminating in successful and memorable joint concerts. Christ Church Cathedral Choir boasts a legacy of ground-breaking recordings which have excited the critics and the listening public for over thirty years. The astonishing versatility of this choir gives them a strong media profile, featuring in more than fifteen documentaries in the last ten years.
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. Stephen was President of the Royal College of Organists from 2000 to 2002 and is currently Choragus of the University of Oxford. He is the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate in Music and is the Chairman of the Ouseley Trust. He has recently been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and appointed a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.
Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Stephen Darlington are represented by Val Fancourt Music Management (www.valfancourt.com)