Rachel Hyde is the Manager of Artistic Planning for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Rachel is also an active conductor in the Wellington region.
In 2005 she was appointed Music Director of the chamber choir Cantoris. With this group of seasoned and experienced choral musicians she has explored repertoire ranging from the 15th to 21st centuries, including music by living composers from New Zealand and beyond. She is a regular guest conductor of Wellington Chamber Orchestra and with them has given performances of works by composers including Ligeti, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan-Williams, Malcolm Arnold and Leonard Bernstein.
Rachel recently helped launch youth music ensemble Schola Sinfonica (a member of the Wellington Youth Orchestra group of orchestras), of which she is Music Director. The aim of this group is to introduce young and/or beginner instrumentalists to the joys and disciplines of playing in an orchestra. It is an ensemble for all-comers which meets weekly throughout the year to rehearse real orchestral repertoire.
Rachel has a fondness for the music of the 20th century and of living composers but is also a strong advocate for English music and the great Russian canon. She believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience live music, and that an instrument in every hand is one of the most valuable things that we can strive for.