Biography of Hyde Thomas:
Thomas Hyde was born in London in 1978 and educated there and at Oxford University. Following composition lessons with David Matthews while at school, he undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge where he gained the M.Mus degree with distinction in 2001 and was appointed the Academy’s Manson Junior Fellow in Composition 2001-2. He later returned to Oxford to study with Robert Saxton and gained a doctorate in 2008. He was then appointed Lecturer in Music at Worcester College, Oxford and
since 2009 has been visiting lecturer in composition at City University, London. Prizes include, youngest finalist in the ENO/Baylis Programme’s ‘New Visions, New Voices’ Festival (1992), the National School Band Association Prize and a Wingate Scholarship. He also attended summer schools with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Hoy, 1996) and Sir Harrison Birtwistle (Dartington, 2000). Thomas Hyde’s music is performed increasingly throughout the UK and abroad and has been broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3. His choral music is published by Novello. As a writer he has contributed to The Musical Times, Musical Opinion and is editing a book on David Matthews. His largest work to date is the one-man opera, That Man Stephen Ward, to a libretto by David Norris, premiered to wide acclaim by audience and critics alike at the Hampstead & Highgate Festival in 2008. He is currently working on a set of orchestral variations, a new work for the Presteigne Festival and a sonata for the violinist Jennifer Pike.