Conductor Daniel Hyde has announced his first concerts as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. Speaking about his plans for the coming season, Hyde comments: “It is an enormous privilege to take over the reins of The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and I hope I will succeed in sustaining the music of the daily services whilst also bringing the College’s music-making to an ever-increasing audience. With a prominent presence online in recent years, and with the College’s own record label to promote our work, I am looking forward to discovering some as yet unchartered repertoire and hope to forge some new and exciting partnerships with other ensembles. It’s a daunting task, and it is one that I shall relish.”

Hyde’s first concert in the post will be on 6 November at King’s College Chapel. Hyde and The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will join forces with The Academy of Ancient Music to open the 2019 Cambridge Music Festival with an all Handel programme.

On 16 December at the Barbican, Hyde and the choir welcome the festive season with a sublime selection of carols performed in the Barbican Hall. Hyde will then conduct the choir in his first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on 24 December.

These concerts and services follow the choir’s critically acclaimed summer tour, which saw Hyde conduct the boy choristers in venues throughout Australia. Limelight Magazine praised “the choir’s unparalleled soloistic, ensemble and tutti skills” and “Hyde’s masterly direction”.

Hyde is familiar with Cambridge, having come to King’s as Organ Scholar in 2000 and served as Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge from January 2004 to April 2009. Prior to this new role at King’s, Hyde was Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, where he conducted many concerts with the choir and the Orchestra of St Luke’s including Haydn’s Creation, and works by Part, Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Bernstein and Barber. He worked regularly with New York Baroque Incorporated performing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion amongst other works.

Hyde is increasingly in demand as an orchestral conductor, and has worked with the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and City of London Sinfonia amongst others. Following his return to the UK, Hyde looks forward to taking on this new role at King’s and developing lasting relationships outside college life.

 

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