Philippa Hyde commenced her singing studies with Ann Lampard MBE and continued under the tuition of the late tenor David Johnston and Yvonne Minton CBE at the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated with the coveted Dip. RAM in 1993. In 2001 she was awarded the ARAM, an honour granted to past students of the Academy who have achieved distinction in their profession.
Philippa’s busy and varied concert, oratorio and operatic career has taken her all over the world, from Helsinki to Beijing, as well as to many of the major concert venues and festivals of Europe. She has performed regularly with The Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Parley of Instruments, Canzona and the Harmonious Society of Tickle Fiddle Gentlemen, as well as with her own Period Instrument ensemble, The Musicke Companye.
Memorable moments of Philippa’s career to date include performing Dido and Aeneas whilst operating a sizeable puppet at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall; performing the same work (without puppets) in the Roman amphitheatre at Sabratha in Libya and attempting a song recital during a thunderstorm in New Delhi, India, as well as performing in such extraordinary venues such as the chapel of Versailles and the throne room in the Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen. She loves the personal and musical interactions that her career enables her to experience, whether it is singing alongside choirs throughout the UK, or collaborating with Baroque ensembles in other countries, most notably in Poland.
Philippa is an experienced recording artist. Most recently, she performed the role of Adonis in the first recording of Pepusch’s Venus and Adonis with the Harmonious Society of Tickle Fiddle Gentlemen, which won the 2016 Opera Award in the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in Germany. It is released on the Ramee label.
Philippa is married to Richard Tanner, Director of Music at Rugby School and has two sons and two lazy but affectionate cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking, travel and enjoying the buzz of London.