About solstrek...

Solstrek (Sinead Hayes) is a  conductor/violinist and creative who divides her time between Galway, Belfast and London. Alongside her professional conducting work, she creates music projects and site specific compositions and experiences, using performance as a catalyst for creativity. 

Sinead's musical training was in the UK with a BMus in composition and violin performance from City University London, and an MMus in conducting from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. But it was her experiences living in Berlin that really shaped her musical life. 

She has recently founded the Ivernia Ensemble, giving concerts in Galway and beyond.

To learn more about Sinead's  conducting work, visit her website www.sineadhayes.net.

Strings at Christmas

Join solstrek and the Ivernia String Quartet for Strings at Christmas in the Mall Theatre Tuam on 21st December 2023. A feast of festive favourites await, including a few surprises. 

Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out!


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Walking in Ulysses

It was amazing to have new worlds created in a place I know so well - an amazing achievement.” - Walking in Ulysses participant, Culture Night 2022

Walking in Ulysses - Immersive Self-Guided Audio Walk for Bloomsday 2024 - More info on additional locations coming soon!

Walking in Ulysses brings you into the swirling world and words of James Joyce's masterpiece. The self-guided walk starts in the carpark beside the Palace Grounds Playground (link below) while the virtual walk can be accessed via the link below. Walk at any time! 

Influenced by John Cage's Roaratorio, Walking in Ulysses was created by Galway musician and composer Sinead Hayes (solstrek). The work features an original soundtrack and score composed and performed by Sinead, and features the voices of local Tuam legends Midie Corcoran, Ronan Lardner & Padraig Stevens. Also featured are voices of local Tuam residents and students from St. Jarlath's College

Along the way you will meet the characters of the book - Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, The Citizen (and his dog!), and of course Molly Bloom. Experience the carriage ride to Paddy Dignam's funeral in surround sound, and discover the imaginary love story between Bloom and Gertie MacDowell!! 

The self guided walk can be experienced virtually online or in person The audio triggers automatically using the GPS in your phone. Don't forget your headphones!! 


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Recent Projects

Baroque Session

A project to record and film a new performance of A Baroque Session (with Carolan & Friends)  with the young musicians of Athenry Sinfonietta. 

Carolan's Rambles

An exciting project with 200 young musicians from Coole Music & Arts using the life of Turlough Carolan as a catalyst for creativity, and to spark a conversation about the value of the arts.

The Wild Swans..

A new project for improvised solo violin inspired by the poetry of W. B. Yeats.  

Violin/improvisation: solstrek


We would be delighted work with you, to create music which adds to the dramatic and emotional impact of your story or project

sølstrek's professional background as a performer and collaborator in contemporary music and opera gives her a unique perspective on the role of music in storytelling.

For a chat about your ideas, please drop us an e-mail, or get in touch via the contact form below. Plans for musical world domination are especially welcome - if we can help, we will!!

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sølstrek: definition

sølstrek is a Norwegian word meaning 'silver streak'. The vast Norwegian landscape, with its big skies and dramatic scenery, reminds me of the West of Ireland. These places inspire me as a composer and musician.” - sølstrek


Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances” - Maya Angelou