Stephen Darlington (b.1951) is a British choral director and conductor, and president of the Royal College of Organists from 1999-2001. During the early 1970s Darlington was organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, studying under Simon Preston. After this he was appointed assistant organist at Canterbury Cathedral, where he stayed for four years before being appointed as Master of the Music for St Albans Cathedral Choir, where he was also music director of the International Organ Festival. In 1985 he returned to Christ Church as organist and tutor in music. His recorded works amount to over 50 CDs, of which several have won awards and other recognition such as Gramophone recommendations.
He has travelled worldwide both with the choir and as an organist and conductor, directing, among others, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hanover Band, English String Orchestra and London Musici. Christ Church choir have sung under his direction with Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, James Bowman and others. He has also collaborated with contemporary composers including John Tavener and Howard Goodall, and was featured in Goodall’s ChoirWorks and OrganWorks series.