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) 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. Secular appointments have included posts as the Musical Director for the Chesterfield Bach Choir, 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", Haydn's "Nelson Mass", Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Jenkins' "The armed man".
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. He is an experienced teacher, has led "come and sing" events for choirs, and is regularly a guest conductor or accompanist. He has performed in concerts and solo recitals in the UK and abroad, as well as broadcasts and CD recordings, tours, residencies and a royal visit.