Hayley is a lecturer in the Performing Arts department with a specialism in music at the University of Sunderland
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 with a MA in Music Composition.
As a composer:
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.
As a conductor and ensemble leader:
During her university career Hayley was musical director of the York St John University Big Band and lead various smaller ensembles such as the clariner 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.
Research and other interests:
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.