Daniel Hyde is a versatile musician: a conductor of orchestras and choirs, a world-class organist, a natural leader and a broad-minded academic. Daniel is soon to take up what is arguably the most prestigious post in British choral music; Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. This position is a nurturing and inspirational role to which he will give himself generously. It is these qualities he brings, in abundance, to all his music-making.
Born in the UK, schooled as a chorister at Durham Cathedral, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17 and won the organ scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, later taking up the position of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2009, he became Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also an Associate Professor. In 2016 Daniel moved to the USA where he is currently Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Increasingly in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, Daniel has worked with the BBC Singers, the London Bach Choir, Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and City of London Sinfonia amongst others. Most recently in New York he conducted the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys alongside the renowned Orchestra of St Luke’s and New York Baroque Incorporated.
Daniel’s broad-ranging discography can be found on the Opus Arte, Linn, Naxos and EMI and Priory labels.
A phenomenal organist, Daniel has performed throughout the world giving recitals. Whilst his focus is now on conducting and directing he still remains keen to promote the organ particularly in an orchestral setting. He has appeared at the BBC Proms on numerous occasions, and made his solo debut there in 2010, performing Bach’s Canonic Variations at the organ of the Royal Albert Hall.
As an ensemble player he has appeared with Phantasm, the Britten Sinfonia, The Tallis Scholars, Aurora Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields amongst others.
Daniel will succeed Stephen Cleobury as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge in October 2019.
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