Works by Malcolm Hayes

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The Mermaid  (2014-16)

Opera in one act

Scenario and libretto by the composer

Settings: a ship at sea in the western Mediterranean, May 1952 (Prologue and Epilogue); a deserted bay on a Greek Island, August 1901 (Scenes 1 - 5)


  • Alexander Ross MacDonald, novelist, travel writer, retired Senior Lecturer in Greek at Aberdeen University, aged 74/Alexander, aged 23 - baritone
  • Mirena, the mermaid, aged 16 - soprano
  • The Voice of Teiresias, legendary seer of Greek mythology - countertenor, offstage

[Orchestra: 2(II=picc & alto fl).2(II=corA).2(II=bass clt).2(II=cbsn)/ perc./hp./pf./strs.]

Vocal score by the composer

Duration: 78 mins.




ORCHESTRA (with voices)


Stabat Mater  (2001) 

Soprano, mezzo-soprano and orchestra

[3(III with low B=picc1).alto fl(=picc2).0.0.0./ drs., 2 plyrs.)/3-4 perc./hp./pf./strs.:]

19 mins.

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

fp: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust/BBC invitation concert), 22 February 2002: Alwyn Mellor (soprano), Emma Selway (mezzo-soprano), BBC Scottish SO, cond. Garry Walker

fb: BBC Radio 3, 23 March 2002 (rec. of above) 



Odysseus remembers  (2003-04)

Text by the composer, after the Odyssey of Homer (Books X-XII)

Narrator (Odysseus), soprano (Circe), mezzo-soprano (Anticleia), countertenor (Teiresias) and orchestra

[1(with low B).2picc(II=fl2).alto fl.2.corA.2.2 bass clt.2.cbsn./ drs., 2 plyrs)/6-7 perc./2 hp./pf./strs.:]

33 mins.

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

fp: BBC Maida Vale Studios, 3 February 2006: Roderick Williams (Odysseus), Claire Booth (Circe), Andrew Watts (Teiresias), Susan Bickley (Anticleia), BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Edward Gardner

fb: BBC Radio 3, 10 June 2006 (rec. of above)

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Magnificat  (2003-05)

Soprano and orchestra

[2.1.ob d'amore.0.2./ bells/strs.:]

12 mins.

(for performance separately or with Nunc dimittis)



Nunc dimittis  (2008-09)

Baritone and orchestra

[1.picc.1.ob d'amore (or 2nd oboe).0.0./ tblr bell.4 handbells/strs.:]

5 mins.

(for performance with Magnificat above)




ORCHESTRA (without voices)


Byzantium  (2011-12) 

After the poem by W.B. Yeats

[2.picc.2.corA.2.bass clt.2.cbsn./ perc./hp./pf./strs.]

15 mins.

fp: BBC Maida Vale Studios, 25 January 2013: BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Garry Walker

fb: BBC Radio 3, 12 February 2013 (rec. of above)

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Violin Concerto  (2013-14)

[Orchestra: 2(II=picc).ob d'amore.2.2./ perc./hp./pf./strs.]

Single movement: 24 mins.

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3.

fp: BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, 11 August 2016: Tai Murray (violin), BBC National Orchestral of Wales, cond. Thomas Søndergård

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Flute Concerto  (2017-18)

[picc..alto fl.ob.corA.clt.bass clt(=clt2).bsn.cbsn(=bsn2)/ perc./hp./strs.]

Single movement: 19 mins.

Written for Katherine Bryan, principal flute, Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)



Projected/in progress:



The Windhover

Concerto for trumpet and orchestra, after the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins

[Orchestra, estd. (incl. doublings): perc./strs.]

Single movement: 20 mins. ca.






Cantata  (1983)

Flute, vibraphone and string trio

11 mins.

fp: Bath Festival of Music, 26 May 1985 (SPNM concert): Nancy Ruffer (flute), Music Projects/London, cond. Richard Bernas

fb: BBC Radio 3, 7 January 1988: Ingrid Culliford (flute), Lontano, cond. Odaline de la Martinez



Hymns and Constellations  (2005)

String quartet and piano

15 mins.




VOCAL (solo, or with piano or chamber group)


Three Songs on Chinese Poems  (1972)

Texts: poems from the T'ang Dynasty (8th to 10th century, English translations)

  • 1.    Exile (Li Shang-yin)
  • 2.    Egrets (Tu Mu)
  • 3.    Thoughts on a Night Journey (Tu Fu)

Soprano, alto flute, bass clarinet and celesta

9 mins.

fp: Lancaster University (BBC Young Composers Forum), 16 October 1973: Jane Manning (soprano), Vesuvius Ensemble

fb: BBC Radio 3, April 1974 (rec. of above)



Ring of Light  (1985) 

Text: Kathleen Raine, 'The Ring' (from Year One, © 1952 Kathleen Raine; set by permission of Hamish Hamilton Ltd.)

Soprano solo

5 mins.

fp: Rebecca Lea (soprano): The Early Music Experiment, at The Rag Factory, London E1, 13 June 2011  

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Three Motets  (2006)

Texts: medieval Latin 

  • 1.    Spes, via, vita
  • 2.    O lux quam non videt alia lux
  • 3.    Alma Redemptoris Mater

Soprano and piano 

16 mins.



Tir-nan-Òg  (2007)

Text: traditional from North Uist, Outer Hebrides (translated from Gaelic)

Dedication: 'for Alycia and Alex, 9. vi. 07' 

Soprano, countertenor and piano

5 mins.






Scenes from Dante  (2005-12) 

Cycle in three parts (each set of two pieces is also performable separately), comprising:


From the Inferno of Dante  (2011-12) 

  • 1.    The Burning Sand 
  • 2.    The Wood of the Suicides 

13 mins.


From the Purgatorio of Dante  (2007) 

  • 1.    The Valley of the Late-Repentant
  • 2.    Forese Donati speaks to Dante 

12 mins.

fp: Clare Hammond (piano): Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles, 24 April 2018


From the Paradiso of Dante  (2005-06) 

  • 1.    Piccarda Donati speaks to Dante
  • 2.    Seraphim

13 mins.

fp: Daniel Grimwood (piano): All Saints Church, Brenchley, Kent, 30 April 2011   





August 2019