Thomas Hyde

Thomas Hyde

Thomas Hyde is a composer described by Opera Magazine as 'clearly his own man on his own turf' whose works are increasingly performed in Britain and abroad. Born in London he studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included Robert Saxton, Simon Bainbridge and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. He was Manson Junior Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music (2001-2) and more recently has taught at City University and Worcester College, Oxford. Since 2016 he has been Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music at King's College, London. In 2017 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Thomas Hyde's largest work to date is the one-man opera, That Man Stephen Ward, premiered to great acclaim in 2008 and recently revived by Nova Music Opera at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015. A commercial recording, featuring Damian Thantrey in the title role, will be issued by Resonus Classics in autumn 2017. Other notable works include a string quartet (2009-10), a violin sonata for Jennifer Pike (2012), a piano trio (2016), and a series of choral works. Guild Records issued a disc devoted to his chamber music in 2012.

As well as his composing and teaching commitments, Thomas Hyde is chair of the Lucille Graham Trust, a member of the Little Missenden Festival committee and Presteigne Festival Advisory Group, and is also active as a writer on music. His study of David Matthews was published by Plumbago Books in 2014.

Forthcoming works for 2017/18 include a setting of the Magnificat commissioned by the Brugge Concertgebouw for performance by The Sixteen, a new work for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in March 2018, and a comedy overture inspired by Les Dawson, to be premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

'Hyde is well able to create an atmosphere of abrasive turbulence ... but he seems to give more time to a kind of flowing continuity, with long lines animated by unpredictable twists and turns.' - Arnold Whittall, Tempo

'... even though his catalogue has reached only a dozen or so opuses, he is at his best when writing on a larger or extended scale: realizing his ideas with a sensitivity and finesse allied to a thoughtful yet insistent musical personality.' - International Record Review

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