Irish conductor Sinead Hayes is equally at home working with choir, orchestra and opera. She is in her fifth season as conductor of Belfast’s Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, with which she has premiered works by Irish and international composers.
Last season saw her debuts with Irish National Opera (Mozart’s The Opera Director), Northern Ireland Opera (Weill’s The Threepenny Opera and Greg Caffrey’s The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse) and Opera Collective Ireland (OCI), alongside return appearances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She also made her Berlin Philharmonie debut, playing Irish fiddle in two of the Berlin Philharmonic’s family concerts and performing alongside members of the orchestra.
She has been appointed INO Studio conductor for 2018/2019, and she will be assistant conductor and chorus director for the company’s productions, as well as conducting a number of showcase events with the studio’s artists. This season she also returns to conduct productions with Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Collective Ireland.
She studied violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 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, winning the Mortimer Furber conducting prize.