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 teaching website and online resources at www.iverniamusic.com she aims to share her passion for the conducting, Irish fiddle and all forms of music with audiences and musicians alike. She is endlessly fascinated by the commonalities between Irish traditional music, and classical music.
During these uncertain, and challenging times I am offering anyone who is interested the chance to try conducting with a free lesson via Skype or Zoom. Many of us, myself included, are facing very challenging financial situations in the months ahead, so hopefully a half hour spent exploring some new musical territory might provide a welcome relief.
These times will pass, and we will emerge stronger.
2019/20 CONDUCTING PERFORMANCES
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Raymond Deane: Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) for Contemporary Music Centre Ireland , December 2018
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ONLINE TEACHING & RESOURCES
Sinead is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning. Through her teaching website and online resources she aims to share her passion for music and skill building with musicians from beginners to professionals.
If you would like to support Sinead's educational work, please visit the Ivernia Music Patreon Page.
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