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It was noticeable right from the start in Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto which was played with such outstanding clarity and individual nuance and color in the winds that it sounded fresh and bright .... with a wicked sense of humor – and the musicians responded with glee to the music's circus atmosphere.

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Laurence Wittes, Bachtrack (Review of  Ulster Orchestra online concert, 2021)


Principal Conductor: Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble
Principal Guest Conductor: The Luminosa String Orchestra
Conductor: Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra

Irish orchestral conductor Sinead Hayes 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 2022/23 season is her ninth as conductor of the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble (HRSE) in Belfast, and her second season as conductor of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. In February 2022 she was appointed principal guest conductor of Galway's professional orchestra The Luminosa String Orchestra.

She has worked with all the major professional orchestras in Ireland including the Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra & National Symphony Orchestra. In opera she has conducted productions for Northern Ireland Opera, Irish National Opera and Opera Collective Ireland.

She completed her MMus in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music and her BMus in violin and composition at City University, London. Sinead also participated in masterclasses with Johannes Schlaefli, Sylvain Cambreling & Sir Roger Norrington among others. In 2014 she was one of three finalists in the Interaktion Conducting Workshop, chosen by the players of the Critical Orchestra Berlin (leader: Lothar Strauss), whose players are drawn from the Berlin Staatskapelle and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. She has worked as assistant conductor to James Lowe (Halle Harmony Orchestra), Alex Ingram (British Youth Opera), André de Ridder (Irish National Opera) and others.

Alongside her work as an active conductor, she collaborates frequently with music schools and other organisations to devise and deliver innovative education projects. Her award winning education work has been funded by the Irish Arts Council (Agility Award & Artist Bursary) and the Galway County Arts Office. 

Sinead is currently based in Galway, west of Ireland, but goes wherever the work takes her!

Sinead is very grateful for the mentorship of conductor Alice Farnham, with whom she is currently working.

To read Sinead's full biography and discover her forthcoming projects, visit the links below.

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Some Conducting, Project & Interview Videos

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Conductor Sinead Hayes | Green Room
Elizabeth Maconchy – Nocturne for Orchestra | Conducted by Sinead Hayes
REVOLVER (2020) - Ed Bennett
Lutoslawski - Chain 1 Conductor: Sinead Hayes
Raymond Deane - Seachanges (with Danse Macabre)
Raymond Deane:  Vagabones - Act III, scene 2
Carolan's Rambles - a Creative Journey
NI Opera At Home: Learn to Conduct with Sinead Hayes
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Further conducting videos are available via the link below. Please get in touch for access.

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Discover some of Sinead's recent creative and education projects via the link below.

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Photo Credit (Top):  Neil Harrison

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