Sinead Hayes

Music teacher

Based in
Manchester, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Bury, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Trafford
Sinead Hayes | Music teacher

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Sinead Hayes is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting and engaging Irish conductors of her generation. Originally from Galway, but currently based in Manchester, Sinead is music director of Bury Choral Society, assistant music director of Stockport Youth Orchestra, and principal conductor of the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra, with whom she won ‘Best Musical Event’ at the Buxton Festival Fringe 2011.

Sinead was assistant conductor to Alex Ingram for British Youth Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro in September 2011 and was one of eight young conductors invited to participate in the Orkney Conductor’s Course in June 2011, where she worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. In April 2011 she was assistant conductor for the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Messages with Huddersfield Choral Society and the orchestra of Opera North. In October 2010 she was invited to participate in the first Ruhr Conductor’s Academy in Germany where she worked with Sir Roger Norrington, and Sylvain Cambreling and was one of three participants chosen to conduct a rehearsal of Carmen with the Essen Philharmonic in the Aalto Theatre Essen.

Following an initial honours degree and masters in structural engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway and Imperial College, London respectively, Sinead completed a BMus in violin and composition at City University, London graduating with first class honours and winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians prize for her final project. She completed her MMus in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2009, where she was recipient of an entrance scholarship and was awarded the Mortimer-Furber Conducting Prize. She has participated in masterclasses with Johannes Schlaefli, Alexander Polishchuk, Jorma Panula, Ben Zander and Alan Hazeldine.

In the past year, as well as her work in Manchester, she has conducted concerts with the Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal, the North Czech Philharmonic, Bochumer Symphoniker, Westmorland Orchestra and Sheffield Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with the Essen Philharmonic and the Ensemble and Orquestra do Cadaques, Spain, the latter during the Cadaques Conducting Competition 2010 where she was one of four British based conductors to proceed to the final 17 in the competition from an initial field of 130 competitors.

Current and future projects alongside her forthcoming concert engagements include the commissioning of a major new work for Bury Choral Society, a series of premieres of new works by Manchester based composers with the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and the development of a two-year string orchestra project with Stoke-on-Trent music service.

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Orchestral Conductor

I have been a freelance orchestral and choral conductor in Manchester for over two years, working with a wide variety of amateur, youth and professional ensembles. I combine a good humoured approach to rehearsal with meticulous attention to detail to ensure that each group realises their full potential in a supportive atmosphere delivering fantastic performances of some of the most beaultiful music ever!

My teaching reflects my approach to conducting, combining in-depth study of the score - detail, structure, and language, as well as context for the composition, with detailed work on technique, working from the very basics through to more refined techniques suitable for working with high level professional groups.

My first teacher, Alan Hazeldine, was a student of Celibidache and, although this informs much of my technique, I have over the years benefitted from guidance from Johannes Schlaefli, Charles Peebles and Martyn Brabbins, so that my technique no longer fits into a neatly defined box! As a teacher I do not try to impose a technique on my students - although it is of vital importance that every conductor has technique - a violinist would never think of playing the Bruch violin concerto without knowing the Gminor scale!

My byword is clarity: clarity of musical vision, based on a thorough musical and idiomatic knowledge of the score, and clarity of gesture so that an uninterrupted connection among brain, ears and hands is maintained. As well as technical issues, I never lose sight of the passion and commitment we must bring to our performances as conductors, giving the ensemble musicians the right balance of freedom and direction, so that the audience is taken on a journey with us.

Sep 2009

Educational history

MMus Conducting

September, 2008 - September, 2009
Royal Northern College of Music

BMus (Hons)

September, 2005 - July, 2008
City University, London


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

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