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|Education||King's School, Worcester|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Occupation||Choral conductor, organist|
|Relatives||Jonathan Darlington (brother)|
Darlington attended King's School, Worcester. Then during the early 1970s, he 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.
Darlington 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 (e.g., the theme music for The Vicar of Dibley), and was featured in Goodall's ChoirWorks and OrganWorks series.
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