This is where you can find out about what I do: as a composer, and as a writer of books, programme notes, articles, and reviews on classical music.


Welcome to my website. Here you'll find information about my writing on classical music, and also about my composing. For lists of works, performances, available recordings, reviews, and ongoing projects, please click on the menu tabs on the left.

For all enquiries, please contact me at



(1) On 24 April 2018, in her recital in the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles (part of the 


                                                   photo © Julie Kim

Music in Peebles 2017-18 concert season), Clare Hammond (above) gave the world première of From the Purgatorio of Dante for solo piano. Further performances followed at Oban, Milngavie, Ardrishaig, Perth Concert Hall, and Musselburgh. 


(2) My Violin Concerto, a BBC commission for the Proms, was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in August 2016.

'Malcolm Hayes's Violin Concerto, introduced by Tai Murray...was easily the most impressive new work in the [Proms] season, clearly rooted in the English pastoral tradition, but steering it in a strikingly different direction.' (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 12 September 2016)


The wonderful soloist was Tai Murray (above), with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

For the music, please go to the homepage of Tai Murray's website (address as below), then to the YouTube window at the lower right corner of this: clicking on the Playlist logo (the three horizontal bars) at the upper left corner will display the contents:

(Tai's website is currently being rebuilt: updated information and/or link to follow as soon as possible.)

A proof copy of my programme note for the Violin Concerto: 

Violin Concerto progr note prelim 

Links to reviews of the premiere: 

And a quick self-portrait in words by Tai herself:


(3) In the premiere of my orchestral work Byzantium, Garry Walker conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. To hear the Radio 3 recording, please click on the Listen to Music menu on the left.

To read Paul Conway's review in Tempo magazine (Cambridge University Press): please go to the Composing menu on the left, and click on the Performance Reviews submenu.

To read Richard Whitehouse's review on The Classical Source website:


(4) The BBC Singers and their chief guest conductor Paul Brough have given the first performance of my choral work May Magnificat, in a concert in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London. To hear a clip of the BBC Radio 3 recording, please click on the Listen to Music menu on the left.


(5) A beautifully sung recording of my Corpus Christi carol setting has been made by the Oxford Schola Cantorum, conducted by James Burton. To hear this, please click on the Listen to Music menu on the left.


Corpus Christi is published in the Faber New Choral Works series. The link to my composer page on the Faber Music website is:

To hear this and other works by me, please click on the Listen to Music menu on the left. Further information is on the Composing menu.



If you're interested in programme notes, preview features, or promotional material written to order, this is where to start looking. Please click on the Writing menu on the left. 

My biography of Liszt - in the format of a double CD set, plus a handsomely printed booklet containing the full 55,000-word text - is published by Naxos: 


To read reviews of this by Paul Driver (Sunday Times) and Ian Lace (MusicWeb International), please go to the Writing menu on the left, and click on the Book Reviews submenu.

For details and to purchase a copy online, please go to:



For all enquiries about my writing or composing activities, please contact me at




Rather than add my own blogspot to those already out there, this page will instead list the occasional link to someone else's thoughts - as below.

Brindley Sherratt looks back, in engaging style, over a lifetime of singing 

Alexandra Coghlan's state-of-the-art review of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Nicholas Daniel on re-creating the (aquatic) Aldeburgh Festival first performance of Britten's Six Metamorphoses 

Christianne Stotijn: El Duende

The Telegraph's Rupert Christiansen on Gluck's under-celebrated tercentenary 


London, UK

April 2019