Sinead Hayes


Irish conductor Sinead Hayes has just completed her third season as conductor of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble in Belfast, and was in January 2017 appointed principal conductor of the Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra, the first regional youth orchestra in the West of Ireland.

She made her debut conducting both the RTE Concert Orchestra, and RTE National Symphony Orchestra, in concerts broadcast live on Irish national radio, and has worked with orchestras and ensembles all over Europe. In June 2014 Sinead was one of three finalists in the Interaktion conducting workshop of the Kritisches Orchester, Berlin, whose members are drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchester and many others. 

In September 2015 she was one of two recipients of a conductor’s bursary from the Peter Eotvos Foundation, enabling her to study in masterclass with conductor/composer Peter Eotvos in Budapest, Hungary. In October 2015, she conducted the Clare Memory Orchestra on a 3 day tour of South Korea.

Equally at home working with choir, orchestra and in opera, from 2009 – 2013 Sinead was music director of Bury Choral Society, UK. She is principal conductor of the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and was assistant music director of Stockport Youth Orchestra until July 2013. Sinead was assistant conductor and chorusmaster for British Youth Opera in 2011 (Le nozze di Figaro) and was assistant music director of the Halle Harmony Youth Orchestra 2009 – 2010.   

Sinead took her first violin lessons at age 7, followed by piano lessons at age 9. At age 13 she won the Irish Local Centre Scholarship for distinction in Grade 8 violin, and commenced her studies in violin with Deirdre Ward at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. In 2008 Sinead  graduated with a BMus (First Class Honours) in violin and composition from City University, London, where she studied composition with Prof. Rhian Samuel and violin with Prof. Gerhard Schmidt at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her Masters in orchestral conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester in 2009, winning the Mortimer Furber Conducting Prize.

 As well as a conductor, Sinead is very active as a leading exponent of Irish Celtic fiddle playing, playing numerous concerts in Germany and Ireland. She is a multiple prizewinner at regional and national level in the Irish music competition the Fleadh Cheoil and is passionate about passing on an appreciation of Irish music to a wider audience in Europe and beyond. She is active as a fiddle teacher and mentor in both Berlin and Ireland, and is in demand as a workshop leader and adjudicator at Irish music competitions.

She has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Johannes Schlaefli, Jorma Panula and Sylvain Cambreling and has worked with the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, Orquestra do Algarve, North Czech Philharmonic, Bochumer Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker and Ensemble and Orquestra do Cadaques.

 Recent projects include reinvitations to work with Northern Ireland’s contemporary music ensemble The Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, her debut conducting a world premier by James Dillon with the Crash Ensemble for Louth Contemporary Music Society  as well as concerts with the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra, Manchester.

In the 2017/18 season, in addition to her work with the Sym-Phonic Waves Orchestra, she will return for a fourth season to work with the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble and will make her debut conducting a production for Northern Ireland Opera.





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NameHayes , Sinead
Born inIreland, Europe
Home LocationBerlin, Germany
Main languageEnglish
attended UniversitiesRoyal Northern College of Music Manchester, City University London
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RTE National Symphony Orchestra Debut October 2013
2013-10-26 Webpage, Dublin

Hayes excels in her debut with the orchestra, handling the symphony with great confidence, a clear technique and a dramatic interpretation.


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