Congratulations to Dan Hyde on the great achievement of being appointed as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge from 1 October 2019. We wish Dan huge success in his new role.
“I am very pleased that we have managed to secure the services of such a distinguished musician as Daniel”, said King’s College Provost, Professor Michael Proctor. “We look forward to his bringing his skills and extensive experience to bear in developing further the already outstanding musical offering of the College…..The panel saw in Daniel Hyde someone not only of outstanding musical talent but of personal maturity and wide-ranging intellect. The expectations will be great, but I am confident that we have in Daniel someone who will sustain and develop our choral liturgy in ways that will delight and inspire.”
Mr Hyde is presently Organist and Director of Music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York. Remarkably, Mr Hyde will be only the sixth person to hold the post of Director of Music at King’s since the turn of the 20th century, and only the ninth substantive appointment since 1799. He will be entrusted with a musical tradition admired around the world, thanks to the work of his eminent predecessors.
“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to act as steward and guardian of the unique and world-class heritage that King’s College Choir has achieved over centuries” said Mr Hyde. In nurturing and developing the minds and talents of many future generations of choristers and students at King’s, I hope I will succeed in sustaining the music of the daily services and bringing the College’s music-making to an ever-increasing audience. It’s a daunting task, and it is one that I shall relish.”
The choir has a high profile internationally through its regular broadcasts, in particular the annual Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols broadcast on Radio and the BBC television services, ‘Carols from Kings’ and ‘Easter from Kings’. For more information click here.