Daniel Hyde is Informator Choristarum, Organist, and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is also a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Music. A former chorister and organ scholar of Durham Cathedral, Daniel was Assistant Organist at Perth Cathedral, Western Australia, before taking up the organ scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge. Upon graduation from King’s with First Class Honors in Music, Daniel was appointed as Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. During his time there, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the College’s two choirs and for the design and installation of a new organ in the chapel.
As an organist, he won second prize and the audience prize in the RCO Performer of the Year Competition 2002 and has since performed across four continents. Recent recital engagements have taken him to the USA, Germany, and Holland. He has also performed throughout Australia, including the Sydney Opera House and the Adelaide Town Hall. Closer to home, he has recently played in the St. David’s and Easter at King’s Festivals; St. Paul’s, Gloucester; Christ Church and Durham Cathedrals; Windsor Castle; Birmingham Town Hall; and the Wigmore Hall. He has been a concerto soloist with the BBC Philharmonic and the Britten Sinfonia, with whom he has performed the Poulenc Concerto a number of times, and has recorded the Hindemith Concerto to great critical acclaim. A disc of Christmas Organ Music from King’s was released in 2008. A regular accompanist to the BBC Singers on Radio Three, he has appeared at the BBC Proms on numerous occasions and made his solo debut there in the 2010 season performing Bach’s Canonic Variations on the organ of the Royal Albert Hall. As an ensemble player, he has appeared with the Britten Sinfonia, the Aurora Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort, and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Since moving to Magdalen College in 2009, he has often collaborated with the viol consort Phantasm, with whom he has given concerts and broadcasts at Wigmore Hall and in Vienna and Finland, as well as recording for Linn Records. Formerly Director of Cambridge University Chamber Choir and the locally based Harlow Chorus, Daniel was more recently Assistant Director and Accompanist to the London Bach Choir. Increasingly in demand as a conductor, he has worked with the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the City of London Sinfonia, the Players of the Orchestra of the Sixteen, and the International Baroque Players. In Oxford, he has collaborated with the Philomusica and has also engaged Oxford Baroque to join Magdalen College Choir on numerous occasions. Magdalen College Choir enjoys an exclusive recording contract with Opus Arte, the label of the Royal Opera House.