"A room transfixed by a performance of Copland's Pastorale at Holy Trinity Leeds @leedsmusic by Martha Hayward - quietly brilliant."
- Joe Wilson
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Martha graduated with an MMus at the Leeds College of Music and is kindly supported by the Dewar Arts Award and the YLCE. She receives vocal coaching with Rachel Gilmore, and has previously studied with Rosemary Nairne, Gillian Jack and Susan Bissatt. Martha has taken part in masterclasses with John Hudson, Donald Maxwell, Deborah York and Jeremey Huw Williams.
She sings regularly with Bradford Cathedral Consort, and the innovative vocal ensemble, Albion, with whom she has recorded solo tracks on their CD's, "These Islands" and "In Cloudless Sunshine". She has collaborated live on BBC Radio One with Clean Bandit and the BBC Philharmonic and sang solo for HRH Prince Charles in Holyrood Palace with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
Martha enjoys singing as an oratorio soloist, concert soloist, wedding singer, chorister and has performed as Patience (Patience), Phyllis (Iolanthe) and Yum-Yum (Mikado) with the University of Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Recent solo engagements have included St Luke Passion, Handel's Messiah, Poulenc's Gloria, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Missa Solemnis, Pergolesi’s Salve Regina and Rutter’s Magnificat, and Rutter’s Requiem.
Martha enjoys working with the group Opera Anywhere, who perform all over the country in various guises and in unusual venues.
Upcoming performances include solo recitals in St Mary's - Worsbrough, All Saint's Darfield, and St Nicholas' Kenilworth.
During her studies at the Leeds College of Music, Martha enjoyed collaborating with various musicians including Tristan Watson. The pair toured Yorkshire with their performance of Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock" and are currently devising another programme for voice and clarinet.
Martha enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of singing with the next generation and has taught pupils in Aberdeen and Yorkshire.
Currently working with Oak Tree Studios, Dewsbury, Barnsley Music Service and Hill House School in Auckley as vocal coach and choir director.
Martha teaches regularly at Bradford Cathedral as well as having her own repertoire of private pupils.
Previous students have gained distinctions in ABRSM and LCM exams and are currently studying for LAMDA, LCM, ABRSM and Rock School examinations.
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Martha trained as a Workshop Leader with Music in the Round. Under the guidance of Polly Ives and Vanessa Johnson, Martha learned vital skills necessary to hold successful music workshops for children aged 3-5. This training was part of the Soundplay project in partnership with ESCAL (Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate) and Sheffield Music Hub and was funded by Youth Music.
"A very great pleasure recording here [Bradford Cathedral] this evening with the lovely Martha Hayward, whose voice is comparably angelic with the angels themselves"
- Fraser Wilson
"I had the privilege of attending a lunchtime concert on the day by Ms. Martha Hayward...the musical content was absolutely superb."
- D. Bradey
"I would never have thought of having a singer at my wedding, but having heard Martha sing several years earlier, when organising my own wedding, I thought it would be a really nice touch during the signing of the register. Right from the start, Martha was both enthusiastic and accommodating. Our church organist described her as a delight to work with and our guests loved her. The church organist subsequently took Martha's details with the view to recommending her to future brides and grooms. She certainly made our ceremony that bit more special."
- G. Hutton