Christopher Hyde-Smith

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Christopher Hyde-Smith
Christopher Hyde-Smith
Christopher Hyde-Smith
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Hyde-Smith
Born11 March 1935
Occupation(s)Royal College of Music Professor, Orchestral, soloist Retired
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
London Mozart Players
Philharmonia Orchestra

Christopher Hyde-Smith (born 11 March 1935) is a flautist.

Christopher Hyde-Smith's flute playing has been compared in The Guardian to Sir Laurence Olivier's acting in variety of expression, characterization and style.[citation needed] He has played all over the British Isles and at many festivals including Aldeburgh, the Three Choirs Festival, North Wales and York. He has made many trips abroad appearing as soloist in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and Switzerland as well as North and South America. He has also visited Russia in an ensemble directed by Benjamin Britten. He has performed with Pablo Casals, Francis Poulenc, Paul Tortelier and Igor Stravinsky.

Hyde-Smith has played the Cimarosa Concerto for Two Flutes with James Galway at the Royal Festival Hall and as concerto soloist he has frequently appeared with the London Mozart Players and also with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish and Welsh Orchestras, Philomusica and Northern Sinfonia. William Alwyn, Stephen Dodgson, Joseph Horowitz, William Mathias, John Metcalf and Alan Rawsthorne have written and dedicated works to him.

Hyde-Smith was a professor of flute at the Royal College of Music, where he also studied. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1985.[1] He was the founding chairman of the British Flute Society. He plays on a golden flute.

Harpist Marisa Robles and Hyde-Smith were married in 1968, later divorced.[2] They have two children.

Jane Hyde-Smith (née Jane Dodd) and Christopher were married in 1985[2] and have two daughters, the younger of whom is cellist Abigail Hyde-Smith.


  1. ^ "FRCM recipients" (PDF). RCM. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Person Page".