Composer | Orchestrator | Arranger
Composer | Orchestrator | Arranger
PAUL HAYWARD is a musical director, orchestrator and arranger based in the Midlands. Following a successful career in church and cathedral music, where he held organ and choral scholarships, two assistant cathedral organist positions and a similar post at a public school, Paul moved away from sacred music to concentrate on other skills. He is currently a part-time composition student at the University of Aberdeen, where he has been awarded a Carlaw-Ogston scholarship to study with Professors Paul Mealor and Phillip Cooke. This follows the award of a Master of Music degree in composition from Aberdeen, where Paul helped to pioneer a new distance-learning programme for composers. His other academic qualifications include a BMus(Hons) degree from the University of Wales, and number of diplomas in conducting, composing, arranging, performing, and the rarely-awarded Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians for studies into church music and liturgy.
Paul's educational background is surprisingly broad, learning jazz and musical theatre alongside classical genres, which means that his areas of expertise are perhaps more varied than might be expected. Whilst an assistant cathedral organist, Paul played for concerts, services, broadcasts, recordings, and a royal visit, and gave solo recitals around the UK. He has also worked in the field of chamber music, playing keyboard instruments in early music, orchestral repertoire, and for chamber arrangements of larger works by Richard Jenkinson, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Paul has also played in several musical theatre productions, often with additional duties as a MD, assistant MD or rehearsal pianist, including productions of Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bugsy Malone and Oliver!
As a conductor, Paul has held MD and assistant MD positions for a number of choirs of different sizes, genres and abilities, as well as instrumental ensembles, including choral societies, chamber choirs, church choirs and male voice choirs. He is also proficient in leading workshops and choral days, usually involving both well-known repertoire and some that should be better known! Previous classical works conducted include Mendelssohn's Elijah, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Bach's Magnificat, all with orchestras and soloists. His works as a composer, orchestrator and arranger have been performed around the UK and further afield, including during a two-year composer-in-residence position at a greater parish church. Paul's music is gradually being published by Chichester Music Press. A list of published works is found here.
Paul's career covers different genres. He is well established as an expert in choral music both as a conductor and composer, but also works as a Musical Director, orchestrator and arranger for other specialisms including musical theatre. He is currently the musical director for three choirs in the Midlands and is associated with several others. This means that his weekly musical repertoire spans from early choral music to songs from the shows, masses and madrigals to pop and folk, and just about everything in between.
This runs alongside freelance work and studies at Aberdeen and in other places, all working around family life with a four-year-old son. In July 2022, Paul started writing a blog about his musical experiences and some of the projects that he is involved with, and this can be accessed here.
What I can do for you
I am a versatile, experienced and qualified musician with interests in different areas. These include classical, choral, musical theatre and other lighter genres. Contact me about any of the services below:
- Musical Director | Conducting | Choir Training - I can conduct a concert, lead a rehearsal or deliver a workshop. These can be for a one-off occasion or as part of a longer-term project. This also includes non-classical music and musical theatre.
- Composing | Arranging | Orchestrating - I can arrange a piece of music for your choir or instrumental ensemble, or write a completely new one.
- Typesetting | Copyist - I can take sheet music and present it in a legible, printed format using music software, sent to you either digitally or printed. I can also produce parts for instrumental ensembles to play from. I use a variety of programmes for this, chiefly Sibelius Ultimate Edition.
- Piano | Keyboards - I am available to play a variety of keyboard instruments, including for music theatre. I own a full musical theatre keyboard setup including Apple Mainstage 3, and can do my own keyboard programming. This can also include duties as a rehearsal pianist, assistant MD, MD or chorus master.