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.
A project with over 200 young musicians from Coole Music & Arts, using the life of Irish composer and harpist Turlough Carolan as a catalyst for creativity.....this is their journey!
From March to June 2021, I worked with the young musicians of Coole Music & Arts, to explore the life of Turlough Carolan (1670 - 1738). I worked with all the orchestras and chamber groups in the school via Zoom workshops. During the workshops, each group learned about the extraordinary life of Turlough Carolan, learned Carolan tune, and an Irish traditional tune.. The youngsters were also encouraged to draw pictures, write stories and poems, and even create storyboards for scenes from Carolan's life.
We also explored the harmonic language of Irish traditional music, and the young musicians were encouraged to compose their own tunes, using a Carolan or trad tune as a model if they wished.
Huge thanks to the teachers of these brilliant young musicians for their support of the students during the project - and a massive thank you to the head of Coole Music Katharina Baker for her fantastic work in helping make this project a reality.
The artwork for the Carolan's Rambles poster and soundwalk was created by talented artist Mia Farrell who is 17, and a violist in the Coole Music Youth Orchestra.
I am just blown away by the creativity, passion and enthusiasm of these young people.
The whole project can be experienced as a Locational Audio Soundwalk (powered by SonicMaps) along Gort River Walk in Gort, Co. Galway.
Check out the creative responses and original compositions below!
CAROLAN'S RAMBLES CREATIVE RESPONSES
Original compositions from the young musicians of Coole Music & Arts inspired by Carolan's Rambles
Artwork, stories and poetry by the young musicians of Coole Music & Arts inspired by Turlough Carolan's life
BRING CAROLAN'S RAMBLES TO YOUR YOUTH ORCHESTRA OR MUSIC SCHOOL
If you would like to bring the Carolan's Rambles Project to your Youth Orchestra or Music School, we are taking bookings for 2021-22. Click below to see more resources on the Sinead's Solstrek Music Page
The Wild Swans at Coole | Violin Improvisations
A NEW WORKSHOP FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
A 45 minute fast paced, fun, interactive introduction to the fascinating world of conducting.
We have just started to deliver our new conducting workshop. Through movement, critical evaluation, listening and observation, this 45 minute desk-based workshop brings the Junior Certificate 'Ingredients of Music' to life in the context of Conducting.
Students learn how to conduct a well known piece of classical music, creating their own score for the piece, and communicating the Ingredients of Music through gesture to a live improvising musician.
The workshop will be available to schools across Galway, Mayo & Roscommon from October 2021.
To find out more, and see some of the workshop resources, click the link below, or get in touch.
CONDUCTING CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Online Lectures via Zoom
Delighted to have the opportunity to work with the students of the University of Salford and University College Dublin as a guest lecturer. We focussed on conducting contemporary music, and delved into music from Steve Reich and Stravinsky. It was a joy to be a part of their journey into discovering the music of the 20th and 21st Century.
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…..
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.....
Some Lockdown Project Videos from 2020/21
2020/21 CONDUCTING PERFORMANCES
Some green shoots starting to appear on the work front. Check out the Ulster Orchestra concert coming up on the 2nd April. Link here: https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/fanfare-for-spring/
Please get in touch if you would like details of past seasons concerts
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