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. She has used the time during lockdown to redevelop her dusty composition skills, combining these with her fiddle/violin performance experience, and newly relearned music production skills to create www.solstrekmusic.com.
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If you are a music teacher or fellow musician/composer who would like to develop your skills in orchestral or contemporary music conducting, I'd be delighted to help. I have trained (yes, actually trained as a conductor!) with some of the best conducting teachers in the world, and have vast experience of working with all levels of ensembles. Don't choose guesswork, choose skill!
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Raymond Deane: Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) for Contemporary Music Centre Ireland , December 2018
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