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SINEAD HAYES

Conductor

Irish conductor Sinead Hayes is equally at home working with choir, orchestra and in opera. She is emerging as one of Ireland's leading interpreters of contemporary music and opera, with a particular interest in the work of emerging and established Irish composers. The 2020/21 season is her seventh as conductor of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble (HRSE) in Belfast. Last season, she worked with Crash Ensemble and Opera Collective Ireland conducting the premiere performances of Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones. In November 2019 she made her Ulster Orchestra debut conducting the orchestra in 7 educational concerts across Northern Ireland, and was to conduct a new opera by Elaine Agnew (co-production between Irish National Opera & Galway European Capital of Culture 2020). 

Other highlights of previous seasons include making her debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (Der Schauspieldirektor), return visits to Northern Ireland Opera to conduct productions of Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Greg Caffrey’s children’s opera The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse, as well as working with Irish National Opera as assistant conductor and chorus master on Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle, Dennehy: The Second Violinist, Verdi: Aida, Puccini: Madama Butterfly & Mozart die Zauberfloete. As conductor of the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble she premiered many new works as well as revisiting Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo on a tour of the UK and Ireland.

Sinead has recently been awarded an artist bursary by the Irish Arts Council, to support the development of a new conducting workshop for secondary school students, and to work on developing her skills in conducting and interpreting contemporary music, focussing on the work of Irish composers.

Sinead is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning. She has used the time during lockdown to redevelop her composition skills, combining these with her fiddle/violin performance experience, and newly relearned music production skills to create www.solstrekmusic.com.

 

ZOOM CONDUCTING - REFRAMING THE BATON

The move to online ensembles has led to a re-evaluation of the role of the conductor. All my professional work stopped in March 2020, leaving me with the time to reframe, reimagine and find a way to continue to work as a conductor within the context of COVID.

Since September 2020, I have had the opportunity to work via Zoom on a weekly basis with the Athenry Music School Sinfonietta. This is a summary of my experience and approach so far…..

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LOCKDOWN PROJECTS

In March 2020, it all stopped. All concerts, workshops, gigs, operas....all work cancelled. So, after a couple of weeks enjoying some unexpected time off, I started to rethink, rebuild, and finally bring some longtime ideas to reality.....

MEDIA COMPOSITION

A chance to explore a new side of composition

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ZOOM CONDUCTING

Online conducting teaching & ensemble leading

PLAYING VIOLIN/FIDDLE

Rediscovering the joy of playing all kinds of music

 

VIDEOS

Some Lockdown Project Videos from 2020

 
 

FULL BIOGRAPHY & REPERTOIRE LIST

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FULL BIOGRAPHY

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FULL BIOGRAPHY

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2020/21 CONDUCTING PERFORMANCES

Not much to see here at the moment sadly, but check out www.solstrekmusic.com for my composition work

 
 

LATEST NEWS

NEW COMPOSITION WEBSITE: SOLSTREK MUSIC

September 2020

A BUSY NOVEMBER AHEAD - DANCING IN BELFAST & CHERUBINI IN GALWAY

October 2019

THE EXCITEMENT OF CONDUCTING NEW OPERA!

September 2019

 

PAST SEASONS

Please get in touch if you would like details of past seasons concerts

 

CONTACT

If you'd like to get in touch to talk about a project or collaboration, I'd love to hear from you using the contact form below. Alternatively you can e-mail me directly at sineadhayes101(at)yahoo.co.uk

 

©2020 BY SINEAD HAYES