Paul Hayward read music at the University of Wales, Bangor and is currently studying for a research-based Master of Music degree via distance learning at the University of Aberdeen. This allows him to specialise in the composition of choral music with Professor Paul Mealor, who wrote a piece for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Paul studied choral conducting with Peter Broadbent, Neil Ferris and other tutors on the Association of British Choral Directors' course for advanced conductors, leading to the award of the Licentiateship of the Royal Schools of Music in musical direction - choral (LRSM). His other qualifications include the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO), the Associateship of London College of Music in composition (ALCM), the Licentiateship of the Guild of Church Musicians (LGCM) and the Licentiateship of Trinity College, London in organ performance, awarded with distinction (LTCL).
Paul has held cathedral organ and choral scholarships, as well as assistant cathedral organist posts at Brecon Cathedral and Nottingham Roman Catholic Cathedral, where he also directed the cathedral youth choir. Whilst in Brecon, Paul was the assistant organist for Christ College, where he also taught piano and music theory, as well as the assistant musical director for the Brecon Singers Choral Society. Other secular appointments have included posts as the Musical Director for the Chesterfield Bach Choir, and a guest conductor and keyboardist for the Nottingham Chamber Ensemble saraBande. He is currently the Musical Director of the Ruddington and District Choral Society with the Ruddington Chamber Ensemble, as well as being the accompanist for the Cranmer Company of Singers. As a conductor and accompanist, he has worked on a variety of works including Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius", Verdi's "Requiem", Bach's "Magnificat", Haydn's "Nelson Mass", Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Jenkins' "The armed man". He is an experienced teacher, has led "come and sing" events for choirs, and is regularly a guest conductor or accompanist.
As a composer and arranger, Paul has several pieces published by Chichester Music Press, and has both composed and arranged music for a number of groups, including Brecon Cathedral Choirs and the South Powys Youth Orchestra. His setting of Binyon's word "For the fallen" was performed at the Nottingham Civic Service of Remembrance in November 2017. Paul makes several of his compositions available free of charge via this website in a bid to help choirs with limited financial resources to be able to perform new compositions and arrangements.
Paul performs as an organist and harpsichord in solo, continuo and accompaniment roles. He has given recitals in cathedrals and major parish churches around the UK, as as well as broadcasts and CD recordings, tours, residencies and a royal visit. As a solo performer, he specialises mainly, but not exclusively, in English and North European keyboard music from Byrd to Mendelssohn.