“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
Described by Opera Magazine as ‘clearly his own man on his own turf’ whose works are increasingly performed in Britain and abroad, Thomas Hyde was born in London where he studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music (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. 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.
What are the latest news? “I am working on an orchestral piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to premiere next March 2018. Other forthcoming premieres include a Magnificat for The Sixteen, commissioned by the Brugge Concertgebouw and a comedy overture for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to be premiered at the Lichfield Festival next year”. Furthermore, Thomas’ opera ‘That Man Stephen Ward’ featuring Damian Thantrey in the title role has been recorded by Resonus Classics and will be released on 28th July 2017.
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