Hayley Suviste is a sound artist and composer based in Manchester (UK). Working across field recording, archival sound, and oral history, Hayley uses her music to explore community and culture. Much of her work is immersed in the rural and urban narratives of her local Manchester, drawing on first-hand interviews, and collaborating closely with those who can provide the most accurate document of their environment. Hayley is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at the University of Manchester’s NOVARS Research Centre, funded by the NWCDTP, using oral histories and archival material as the basis of a new portfolio of compositions – whilst also researching how to collect and compose with oral histories ethically and responsibly.

Hayley has received commissions from the likes of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Yorkshire Sound Women Network, North West Sound Heritage, Olympias Music Foundation, and most recently, Mediale, Quays Culture & Media City UK: composing music to be performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Hayley's music is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3 and has played internationally at festivals, competitions, and sound conferences.

Outside academia, Hayley creates dark ambient music that blends live instrumentation and synthesisers with field recordings and textured samples – performing at venues such as Iklektik, The White Hotel, SOUP, Hallé St Michaels, as well as Todmorden's TOR Fest and BBC Radio 3's Northern Drift. Hayley is currently collaborating with fellow Manchester-based cellist and composer Lili Holland-Fricke, creating dark and swirling soundscapes, constructed from processed cello, clarinet, guitar, electronics, and vocals. As a duo, they took part in this year’s Summer Studios Residency programme at Sage Gateshead - working on an EP for release later this year.

Alongside her compositional work, Hayley works for The Radiophonic Institute as a creative producer on initiatives such as The Oram Awards and Sound of the Year Awards. She’s also working with Delia Derbyshire Day as part of their steering comitee for their celebrations this year, marking the 60th year of Doctor Who. Hayley also co-runs The Manchester Ear, a sound walk endeavour that aims to get communities involved with listening to the environment through sound walking, deep listening, and field recording workshops in and around Manchester.

Hayley also hosts a bi-monthly show on CAMP Radio - traversing the far corners of electronic and ambient music, neoclassical composition, spoken word, and everything in between.


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