Professor Daniel Hyde

Associate Professor; Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College

MA (Cantab), FRCO


Freelance organist and conductor. Research interests include Baroque choral and organ performance practice; harmony, counterpoint and fugue studies.


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.  Well-known for its role in the annual May Day celebrations and for its distinctive sound developed over many years, the Choir of Magdalen College is one of the three ancient choral foundations of Oxford University.  At Magdalen, Daniel is responsible for the recruitment, training and development of the Choir which sings six services a week during term time and pursues a busy schedule of tours, concerts and recordings.

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.  As a student, he studied the organ with Dame Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston and conducting with Stephen Cleobury, Paul Brough and Christopher Robinson.  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.  Recognising his debt to his own teachers, Daniel is a regular tutor on courses organised by the Royal College of Organists and Oundle for Organists, and is heavily involved in academic teaching in Oxford.  He was for some years Assistant Director of the annual Charles Wood Summer School in Armagh.

 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 Albans, St Davids and Easter at King’s Festivals; St Paul’s, Gloucester, and Christ Church Cathedrals, Birmingham Town Hall, the London Oratory and the Wigmore Hall.  Most recently he was engaged to play the organ for the Royal Garter celebrations at Windsor Castle.  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.  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.



Professor Daniel Hyde
Magdalen College

Telephone: 01865 276007