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 2019/20 season is her sixth as conductor of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble (HRSE) in Belfast. Already this season, she has worked with Crash Ensemble and Opera Collective Ireland conducting the premiere performances of Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones. She returned to the RTE Concert Orchestra in August to conduct the Irish National Opera Studio Gala. In November she made her Ulster Orchestra debut conducting the orchestra in 7 educational concerts across Northern Ireland, and will conduct a new opera by Elaine Agnew (co-production between Irish National Opera & Galway European Capital of Culture 2020). She returns to Irish National Opera as chorus master and assistant conductor for the company’s New York Armory performances of Donnacha Dennehy’s The Second Violinist in September 2020.
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 Soloist Ensemble she premiered many new works as well as revisiting Eliott Carter’s Triple Duo on a tour of the UK and Ireland.
Sinead is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning. Through her project website www.iverniamusic.com she aims to share her work as a composer, and fiddle player, as well as sharing her preparations for the works she conducts and her endless fascination with all types of music.
If you've ever been curious about what conductors do, or would like to discover the work of some of the world's great conductors, check out my videos on YouTube. I'll even be posting a few videos with tips on getting started, and taking your conducting to the next level, along with explorations of some of the masterworks from a conductor's perspective!
Reel by Brendan McGlinchey arranged for fiddle, piano & effects
This is the first in a series of videos exploring contemporary Irish traditional tunes and their composers. This fantastic reel Splendid Isolation has been great fun to arrange. I have explores modes, register, and use of the delay effect on Cubase, as well as continuing to develop my piano improv skills!
The playalong video is dedicated to the memory of the tune's composer, Brendan McGlinchey, who sadly passed away in April 2020.
2019/20 CONDUCTING PERFORMANCES
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Raymond Deane: Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) for Contemporary Music Centre Ireland , December 2018
ENSEMBLES & PROJECTS
Posts about my musical adventures and ideas on how to change the world!
ONLINE TEACHING & RESOURCES
Sinead is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning. Through her project website and online content she aims to share her enthusiasm for discovery of all kinds and genres of music.
If you would like to support Sinead's educational work, please visit the Ivernia Music Website
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