Sinead HayesGalway, IE
Irish conductor Sinead Hayes is in her sixth season as conductor of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Northern Ireland’s professional contemporary music ensemble. She has already this season premiered Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones for Opera Collective Ireland, working with the Crash Ensemble, and was musical supervisor for Irish National Opera’s production of the installation opera This Hostel Life.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included returns to Northern Ireland Opera to conduct Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Caffrey: The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse, as well as being assistant conductor and chorus master for all of Irish National Opera’s mainstage productions including Verdi’s Aida and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle.
Sinead graduated with a BMus in violin and composition from City University London, and completed her MMus in orchestral conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She has participated in numerous masterclasses across Europe with mentors including Johannes Schlaefli, Peter Eotvos and Martyn Brabbins. As a guest conductor she has worked with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include working for the first time with the Ulster Orchestra and conducting a new opera by Elaine Agnew for Galway European Capital of Culture 2020, alongside premiering works by Irish composers with HRSE. In September 2020 she will travel to New York as chorus master and assistant conductor for Irish National Opera’s production of The Second Violinist as part of Park Avenue Armory’s season.
Before returning to music Sinead completed a degree in Civil Engineering at National University of Ireland Galway, and a masters degree in Structural Steel Design at Imperial College London. She was the recipient of the National University of Ireland Bursary in Civil Engineering in 2000. As a conductor she has a particular interest in the relationship between process and perception in new music.