Conductor Sinead Hayes is now in her sixth season as conductor of the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble. Highlights of previous seasons included returns to Northern Ireland Opera to conduct three productions, as well as being assistant conductor and chorus master for all of Irish National Opera’s main-stage productions. Sinead will return to INO as chorusmaster and assistant conductor for the company’s New York Armory performances of Walsh/Dennehy The Second Violinist.
Sinead graduated with a BMus 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 teachers and mentors including Johannes Schlaefli, Peter Eotvos and Jorma Panula.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include her debut with the Ulster Orchestra, conducting Paper Boat, a new opera by Elaine Agnew for Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 and concerts in the National Concert Hall and Queens University Belfast with HRSE.