01 March 2009

Hayley Savage

Hayley has received many premieres of her own works, which are mostly commissions and range from concerti and symphonic music to choral pieces. Hayley’s concerto English Fantasia for Guitar and String Orchestra, written for John Mills, has received many performances, in the UK, Scandinavia, the US and Canada, where it was broadcast on CBC Radio in 2002. Hayley has also composed music for Poet Laureate nominee U.A. Fanthorpe.
In 1999 Hayley won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, London and has since worked and performed in many countries including Scandinavia, the US, Canada, Europe and Africa. As a composer, she has recently been featured in a television documentary about the arts.
As well as performing in chamber music with the Emerald Ensemble, Bristol, Hayley is a member of the Appassionata Guitar Trio, who perform extensively both at home and abroad. They have just recently released their second album – Beyond Horizons - which explores music by English composers both past and present. This and their debut album – Let Go – have received glowing reviews.
After being commissioned to compose a new guitar duo for the Long Island Guitar festival’s special 15th anniversary celebrations, Hayley was asked to make a return visit in 2008 to perform some of her own new works which appear on her brand new album – Crossed Wires and Coloured Strings – which has since been endorsed by guitarist composer Andrew York and accepted by the record label Chandos to appear on their new download site.
Forthcoming projects include a concert with legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap, a commission to compose a major work for the great jazz saxophonist Andy Shepherd accompanied by strings, percussion and the modern vocal group “The Juice” and also a natural history project involving school children – a huge underground cave and a performance of Hayley’s orchestral odyssey “Luna Nueva.”
“Whether it be a piece for orchestra, piano, guitar or whatever, any new composition by the highly talented English guitarist composer Hayley Savage is to be eagerly anticipated.”
Steve Marsh – Classical Guitar Magazine