Hayley's works are often, but not exclusively, written for chamber ensembles or soloists and explore notions of brevity and lyricism. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working with large organisations such as Streetwise Opera, collaborating on projects with community participants and artists, and working closely with performers and ensembles such as the Delta Saxophone Quartet, pianist Duncan Honeybourne and Plus Minus Ensemble, to name a few.
Over recent years Hayley has developed an interest in acoustic ecology and deep listening which has formed an important part of her compositional practice and interests in different modes of live performance.
Recent projects include; the Be the Sea Project which worked with artist Louise Mackenzie and participants along the Tyne to Tees Coast which will culminate in an exhibition at The Word in South Shields. Gyps Fulvus for The Lapins, Raasay Duets for the New Matrix Ensemble, Mirror for Plus Minus Ensemble, and new commissions to set the poetry of Edith Sitwell and Dylan Thomas for autumn 2023.
"Offering an original, distinctly contemporary angle on the notion of chamber music as a conversation between musicians, Partition captured the euphoria of a return to live music-making, while also reflecting on the intense desire for contact and connection which recent events have generated. Directly expressive, the music put to the test, and ultimately celebrated, the performers’ capacity to listen to, and to react to each other. The result was a genuinely moving recognition of the power of interaction and association."
- Musical Opinion, January - March 2021