Professor Daniel HydeBack to People

Subjects: Music
Department: Faculty of Music
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
Officer: Organist and Informator Choristarum
Phone: 01865 286701


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 to King’s College, Cambridge. Upon graduation from King’s with First Class Honours 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 was responsible for the design and installation of a new organ in the chapel.


  • All matters concerning musicianship.
  • First-, second- and third- year Techniques of Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Chamber Music
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Choral Performance and Conducting

Research and Performing Interests

As an organist he won second prize and the audience prize in the RCO Performer of the Year Competition 2002, and since then he has performed across four continents. Recent recital engagements have taken him to the USA, Germany and Holland; he has performed throughout Australia, including the Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Town Hall. Closer to home he has recently played in the St Davids 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 is regularly engaged to appear with the Britten Sinofnia, Aurora Orchestra, 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 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, Players of the Orchestra of the Sixteen and 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.

Forthcoming engagements include concerts at summer festivals in Germany, Finland and Edington. In the autumn he will play solo recitals at the London Oratory and the St Albans International Organ Festival and will take Oxford’s Schola Cantorum in the Michaelmas Term. Looking to 2014, he has been invited to give the recital as part of the RCO annual conferment of diplomas, the occasion at with the College will mark its 150th anniversary. Tours are planned with the Choir of Magdalen College to Holland and China. In the academic year 2014/15 he will give a series of recitals celebrating the inauguration of the new Dobson organ at Merton College, surveying the complete organ works of J S Bach.