Directors and Teachers

Daniel Hyde

Director of Music

Daniel Hyde is a versatile musician: a world-class conductor and organist, a natural leader and a broad-minded academic. Daniel has held the prestigious post of Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge since October 2019. As part of this role Daniel is responsible for one of the world’s most renowned choirs; working with the choristers and scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is a nurturing and inspirational role, well-suited to Daniel as a world-class choral trainer. 

Born in the UK, schooled as a chorister at Durham Cathedral, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17 and won the organ scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, later taking up the position of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2009, he became Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also an Associate Professor. In 2016 Daniel moved to the USA where he became Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. 

As a choral and orchestral conductor, Daniel has worked with many of the world’s leading ensembles including the BBC Singers, the London Bach Choir, Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestra of St Luke’s and New York Baroque Incorporated.

Daniel’s broad-ranging discography can be found on the Opus Arte, Linn, Naxos and EMI and Priory labels, with future releases planned for the King’s College label.

A phenomenal organist, Daniel has performed throughout the world giving recitals. He has appeared at the BBC Proms on numerous occasions, and made his solo debut there in 2010, performing Bach’s Canonic Variations at the organ of the Royal Albert Hall.

As an ensemble player he has appeared with Phantasm, the Britten Sinfonia, The Tallis Scholars, Aurora Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, amongst others.

rs4041_20191016-155a4478

David Lowe

Head of Singing

David Lowe took up the new position of Head of Singing in 2020, working with Daniel Hyde to support the modern, integrated vocal and musical education for both Choristers and Choral Scholars at King’s. He is no stranger to Cambridge (Choral Scholar at King’s 1976-79) having taught generations of Choral Scholars at King’s, St John’s, Gonville and Caius, Clare, Trinity and Jesus Colleges since 1991. 

Many of his pupils of all voices have advanced to post-graduate study to all the major UK conservatoires. Many are regularly to be heard at Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Opera House, ENO and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

He has held senior teaching roles at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music. He was Master of the Music of Norwich Cathedral from 2007-2011. 

He specialises in the teaching of all voices but especially during their crucial development over the ages of 18-24. David also has been responsible for the vocal education of the choristers at St John’s College for the last 30 years, working alongside Dr Christopher Robinson, Dr David Hill and Andrew Nethsingha. David has traveled extensively giving masterclasses, workshops and lectures around Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

david_lowe_copyright_c_paul_hurst_all_rights_reserved

Ben Parry

Assistant Director of Music

Ben is an established composer, conductor, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields.

He has made over a hundred recordings and his music is published by OUP, Peters Edition and Faber Music. His choral piece, "Flame", was performed at the 2012 BBC Proms by over 300 singers. He is Director of professional choir London Voices, with whom he has performed at music festivals worldwide and worked on the soundtracks of major films such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. He is Artistic Director of National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, working extensively with young musicians.

Ben studied music at Cambridge University, where he sang with King’s College Choir. Later he was musical director and singer with The Swingle Singers. For eight years he lived in Scotland, where he co-founded the Dunedin Consort, and was also Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Director of Choral Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

He has conducted the Academy of Ancient Music, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. As a singer, he has worked with the Gabrieli Consort, Schütz Choir, Taverner Consort and Tenebrae, as well as singing on many film and TV soundtracks.

Ben Parry
history-of-the-choir
A full history of the Choir, from the foundation of the College by King Henry VI in 1441 through to the present day.
rs3769_kcc_choir_group_007x_e-scr
Today the Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, aged between 9 and 13, and 14 male undergraduates, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects.
Find out the various ways you can listen to the Choir - whether in person, online, or through our many recordings.
If you want to come to King's and are a good singer or organist of a high standard, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Choir News

Daniel Hyde Director of Music

Director of Music to perform at the First Night of the Proms

Daniel Hyde will be performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto at Royal Albert Hall

Former Organ Scholar releases new King's album

Prestigious King's alumnus Thomas Trotter has recorded Duruflé's complete organ works for the King's College record label.

King's appoints new Chaplain

The Reverend Dr Mary Kells will be joining the College in September as our new Chaplain.