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20 July

Tuneful Triumphs

A Musical Farewell

Stephen Darlington (Cl 60-70) retired as Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford where he has held the post for 33 years. Under Stephan’s Directorship, the choir has gained international recognition, and has become renowned for performing a variety of music of the highest quality.

Stephen’s last service was Evensong on Saturday, July 7th. Following the service, there was a BBQ in the Master's Garden, at Christ Church. Stephen invited OV friends Barney Burnham (Ch 59-69), Andrew Millington (Cr 68-70) and Peter Hewitt (Ch 64-69) to mark the occasion with him and we were delighted to be sent this photograph by Barney.

Stephen’s many varied musical projects and accolades include recording of the Vicar of Dibley theme tune with friend Howard Goodall. We wish Stephen a very happy retirement.

Another Operatic Triumph for Allan

We have followed the incredible work and success of OV Allan Clayton (H 91-99) with great pride here at King’s. This week we were thrilled to read a fantastic interview in the Culture section of the Sunday Times, with Allan about his upcoming role as Jonathan in Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne. We were also over the moon to hear that Allan’s performance as Hamlet in Australia saw him named Best Male Performer in Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Awards. His performance in the role in the UK last year gained rave reviews and accolades.

Cycling Challenge

We were mightily impressed to hear that Arti Fiaz (Cl 88-95) is planning to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End with friend and ex Worcestershire Cricketer Gareth Andrew. The pair will undertake the 1000 mile journey in 10 days, an incredible 100 miles a day, raising money for St Richard’s Hospice. The pair are currently training hard. We wish them the very best of luck when they begin the challenge in September and look forward to sharing more news in due course!