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18 March

From Chorister to Chief Conductor

It was wonderful to learn that OV and former Chorister Jonathan Darlington (H 64-74) has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra for a five year tenure, beginning with the 2022-23 season.

The partnership will formally launch on Friday 18 March 2022, when Jonathan will conduct a public concert, Everybody’s Darlington, at the Music Hall at Congress Hall, following a press conference earlier in the day.

Speaking about his appointment, Jonathan said, “I can’t wait to build on the strengths of this great orchestra full of talented, open-minded and sensitive musicians, and I’m sure that together we can develop into an exceptional ensemble.”
Jonathan Darlington
Jonathan has been Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Opera since 2018 and possesses a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire from baroque through to contemporary.

While at King’s, Jonathan’s passion for music was evident as a Chorister and member of the School Orchestra. He was also a keen sportsman, representing the School by captaining the 1st XV and as a member of the 1st Cricket team.

Jonathan’s recent and forthcoming highlights include Wiener Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Frankfurt Oper, Hamburg Staatsoper, Leipzig Oper, Paris Opera and Paris Opera Ballet, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the 18th Century at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vancouver Opera and the Lake Tahoe Festival.

In his early career, Jonathan worked as Deputy to the Music Director Myung Whun Chung at the Paris Opera from 1991 to 1993. He also led the French experimental opera group ARCAL, conducting acclaimed avant-garde productions. He works with many of the most prestigious opera houses and orchestras in the world including Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Philharmonic, Opera Australia, Royal Swedish Opera, English National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli and Orchestre National de France. In addition, Jonathan was also the Music Director of the Duisburger Philharmoniker from 2002 – 2011, an orchestra that was founded in 1877!

Jonathan is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (London).

Congratulations, Jonathan, on this well deserved appointment.