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.

Ben Parry

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 co-Director of 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 also works extensively with young musicians as Artistic Director of National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

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, Schutz Choir, Taverner Consort and Tenebrae, as well as singing on many film and TV soundtracks.

Lynette Alcántara

Lynette Alcántara

Australian-born mezzo-soprano Lynette Alcántara teaches the Choristers. She is a renowned soloist in her own right, and sings in opera, oratorio, recital and on disc.

She has sung for many of the leading ensembles in Britain including The BBC Singers, The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, English National Opera, Opera North, The Bach Choir and The King’s Consort. She appears regularly for BBC radio and TV, and frequently at the Royal Albert Hall and on the South Bank.

She has been teaching since her student days where she was awarded a Bachelor of Music Education with Honours in Voice at the University of Melbourne, also specializing in vocal pedagogy, classroom singing and choral skills. Whilst in Australia she worked for The Australian Boys’ Choir, Melbourne Youth Choir and was a founding staff member of the Young Voices of Melbourne.

She has a thriving singing teaching practice in Cambridge with pupil successes including 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Girl Chorister of the Year. Lynette leads outreach workshops on behalf of the BBC Singers, The King’s Singers, Britten Sinfonia, and SingUp, has taught for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and conducts the community children’s choir King’s Junior Voices.  She is a Fellow and Director of Music at Wolfson College, Cambridge and lectures and teaches at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.

Justin Lavender

Justin Lavender

Justin is the musical director of Arcadian Opera and of The Phoenix Singers, and teaches singing at the Royal College of Music. A student of Mandarin, he is one of few western singers able to sing in Chinese, and has been made an honorary professor of the Confucius Institute in North Carolina. 

Russell Smyth

Russell Smythe

Russell Smythe teaches the Choral Scholars. He is one of Britain's most experienced artists whose international career has taken him to most important opera houses all over the world.

He has performed with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English Bach Festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra, and many more. International engagements have taken him all over Europe as well as to opera houses in the US, Canada, and Japan.

He lectures and teaches at the Royal College of Music, London, and has given masterclasses and workshops in Belfast, Denmark (Musik Dramatisk Teater) and Spain (the La Caixa course).

A full history of the Choir, from the foundation of the College by King Henry VI in 1441 through to the present day.
Today the Choir comprises 16 boy choristers, aged between 9 and 13, and 14 male undergraduates, reading for degrees in a variety of subjects.
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Find out the various ways you can listen to the Choir - whether in person, online, or through our many recordings.
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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

Sir Stephen Cleobury

Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019)

It is with great sadness that King’s College has learned of the death of Sir Stephen Cleobury. Stephen died in his hometown of York last night, 22 November, after a long illness.

Dr Philip Moore

King's commissions a new carol for Christmas Eve

The composer for the new Christmas Eve carol has been announced.

Nine Lessons and Carols CD case

Record label releases Christmas centenary recording

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: The Centenary Service – a commemorative album released on the College's own record label.