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 S A M  H A Y D E N


Born, Portsmouth, England,
9 December 1968

Lecturer, Department of Music, University of Sussex, since 2005

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schismatics for solo electric violin & live electronics
First performance: Grand Theater Groningen, 11 November 2007
Commissioned and performed by Mieko Kanno

Die Modularitäten for 7 players & optional live electronics
First performance: Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, 23 November 2007, Ensemble Mosaik conducted by Enno Poppe
Commissioned by the Huddersfield Festival & Ensemble Mosaik Berlin

Substratum for orchestra
First complete performance: Barbican Hall London, 8 December 2008, BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3

Collateral Damage (1999)
For 14 Instruments
First performance: 17 May 2000, Poole, Kokoro / Mark Forkgen
Faber Music Millennium Series Commission
Duration: 15 minutes

Intransigence (2000)
For 15 Instruments
First performance: 18 Oct. 2000, Nijmegen, Orkest de Volharding / Jurjen Hempel
Commissioned by Orkest de Volharding
Duration: 12 minutes

presence/absence (2001)
For Bfl, Bar Sax, Vla, Gtr, Perc
First performance: 17 May 2001, Zürich, Ensemble Cattrall / Marc Kissoczsky
Commissioned by Ensemble Cattrall with support from The Britten-Pears Foundation
Duration: 17 minutes

3D Music
Interactive music and computer graphics
in collaboration Eduardo Carillo
Commissioned by Braunarts for the London Sinfonietta
Broadcast on NTL broadband on 14 November 2002. See

Sunk Losses
or Orchestra
Commissioned and awarded First Prize by the
Christoph Delz Foundation Composers' Competition
First performance: 29 May 03, Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Schoellhorn

Retour à la Raison (2003)
For Solo Percussion and Electronics
With film: Retour à la Raison by Man Ray
First performance: 20 March 2004, Ars Musica Brussels
Miguel Bernat, percussion
Commissioned by the Ictus Ensemble for the project "Sur les bords de la camera"

emergence (2003–04)
For Solo Accordion, Ensemble and Electronics
First performance: 10 October 2004, Ultima Festival, Oslo
Frode Haltli, Oslo Sinfonietta conducted by Christian Eggen
Commissioned by the Oslo Sinfonietta

Relative Autonomy (2004)
For Ensemble (16 players)
First performance: 27 January 2005, LSO St Luke’s London
London Sinfonietta conducted by Nicholas Kok
Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta

system/error (2005)
For Flute, Violin and Percussion
First performance: 6 September 2006, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
Anne la Berge, Mieko Kanno, Claire Edwardes
Commissioned by Anne La Berge

impetus (2005)
For Solo Percussion
First performance: 25 November 2005, Huddersfield Town Hall Claire Edwardes
Commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

substratum (2006)
For Orchestra
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for performance in 2007
Prèmiere of sections 5–7: 17 July 2007, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson


Sam Hayden is one of the composers supported by the Contemporary Voices scheme administered by the British Music Information Centre. As well as housing scores and recordings in its library, the BMIC provides biographical information and work lists in printed form and on its web site. Scores, and in some cases parts and recordings, are available from the centre on request.

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