Born in Darlington, Hayley Jenkins 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 there with 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. New projects include 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.
Hayley’s research/pedagogical interests include music education, further and higher education, eLearning and employability thinking. More specifically, Hayley is a research assistant for the SUNCETT Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training based in the faculty of Education at the University of Sunderland. In addition to this Hayley has worked with the MiM Project based at York St John University, which examines how eLearning platforms empower students to actively disseminate their work and encourage reflective practice with the view to improving the employability prospects of graduating students.
Hayley is currently the musical director of Darlington Clarinet Ensemble.