Martha Hayward

ARTFORMS: Opera , Singing , Music




Martha is an enthusiastic and passionate soprano singer who has lived in Scotland since the age of 3.

Whilst studying music at the University of Aberdeen, Martha proved herself to be a strong and confident performer.  She has sung with a range of chamber choirs and choral groups, including the University of Aberdeen Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, where she sang a solo for Prince Charles.  She also held a scholarship with the University Chapel Choir, which included recording a solo piece for their Christmas album.

When Martha was 14 her father passed away, leaving her in a difficult situation both financially and personally. In spite of her circumstances, she continued learning to sing and with a positive and dedicated approach she developed in maturity, musicality and technique.  After her Bachelors Degree, she was accepted onto a Masters in Performance at the Leeds College of Music.

Martha decided her goal was to become an opera singer.  The specialist vocal coaching available on the masters course at Leeds offered an excellent opportunity to take her to the next stage in achieving her ambitions.

How the Award Helped

Martha received a Dewar Award to support her in studying on the Masters in Performance course.

Since the Award

June 2014 - Whilst attending the masters course in Leeds, Martha has continued to develop her singing skills through tuition and performances, both solo and ensemble across the UK.  She writes: " I have been fortunate to meet many other fine musicians during my time in Yorkshire and work closely with them to create some fantastic and innovative concerts."

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Dewar Arts Award for their continued support during my Master's degree. Without their help I would have been unable to carry on receiving the expert tuition that studying in a conservatoire offers.