Former Organ Scholar appointed at Saint Thomas Church

Daniel Hyde

Former King's Organ Scholar Daniel Hyde has been appointed as Organist and Director of Music at St Thomas Church, 5th Avenue, New York City. Daniel is currently Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford and will move to New York City to take charge of music-making at the church, including the prestigious St Thomas Choir. 

In the announcement on the St Thomas Church website, the Rector, Revd. Canon Carl Turner, wrote that the church had considered a large number of applications from around the world:

"The process was thorough and demanding, and I am delighted that there was a unanimous decision to offer the post to Daniel Hyde. Dan is a remarkable musician who already has an international reputation, a strong faith and a working knowledge and love of the liturgy of the Church, and we believe that he will be a worthy successor to John Scott."

The choristers of Saint Thomas Choir are students at the Saint Thomas Choir School, which is the only church-affiliated residential choir school in the United States. The school hosted the King's Choristers in March 2015 during the Choir's US tour.

Daniel Hyde began as an Organ Scholar at King's in 2000 under the Director of Music Stephen Cleobury. In 2002 he won the audience prize in the RCO Performer of the Year Competition, and graduated from King's in 2003 with a First Class degree in Music. Since then he has held the post of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge and performed as an international recitalist. Daniel was appointed to his current post at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 2009.

Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury:

"I was delighted to learn that Dan Hyde has been appointed to succeed the late John Scott as Director of Music at St Thomas Episcopal Church. This is one of the most prestigious positions of its kind in the US, and Dan will be inheriting a wonderful musical tradition, with all the opportunities that exist to build on John's magnificent work.

"One of the great pleasures of my work here at King's is to receive so many talented organ scholars, to watch them develop their skills and gain experience, and to go on to important positions elsewhere. Some become conductors, some concert organists, some composers, and a good number are appointed to one of the great choral foundations. Dan will be able to bring his skills as an accompanist and recitalist, and as choir-trainer and conductor to his work in America, and the College can be proud of the part it played in nurturing his special talent through the medium of the A.H.Mann Organ Scholarship."

Read more about Organ Scholarships or see a list of King's Organ Scholars.

8 February 2016