New York names John Scott’s successor

New York names John Scott’s successor


norman lebrecht

February 07, 2016

Six months after the shock death of its revered music director, Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue has filled his position as organist and music director.

The new director has, like his predecessor, been recruited from England.

Professor Daniel Hyde is Informator Choristarum, Organist, and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and a lecturer in the Faculty of Music. He has conducted the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the City of London Sinfonia, and has made several recordings at Magdalen.

Daniel hyde

From the press statement: Dan will be moving to New York with his long-term partner, Leticia. Letty has an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and an MSc from the University of London…  she enjoys singing with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Full announcement here.


  • Frederick West says:

    Interesting that no one is interested in this item! I’m not either but is it to do with the usual can’t be bothered attitude towards organists? I’ve no problem with that, I am one myself but find the whole organ loft business really dull and mundane.

  • Markmanchance says:

    Long time partner? If he is not married and living with this woman the church is making a huge error in judgment