Hayley Jenkins is a composer, lecturer, researcher and conductor based in the North East of England. Hayley is currently a lecturer of performing arts, music and education at the University of Sunderland, UK.
Born in Darlington, Hayley began her musical career as a flautist playing in the District Wind Band and later learnt clarinet and saxophone. Hayley studied Music at York St John University at undergraduate level and then continued her studies with a MA in Music Composition.
Hayley is a freelance contemporary composer and is always eager to collaborate with fellow composers, performers and artists of all disciplines. As a composer her work has featured in the Late Music concert series, most recently a saxophone quartet Kaleidoscope performed by the Delta Saxophone Quartet, and a commission for the Albany Trio. Hayley’s work explores narrative forms and draws influence from nature, art, literature and different cultures. She has written for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra and film.
During her university career Hayley was musical director of the York St John University Big Band and lead various smaller ensembles such as the clarinet choir, flute choir, Hands and Voices community choir, and numerous one off performances such as Variation 18 of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. Hayley is now currently the musical director of Darlington Clarinet Ensemble.