Collaborative Composer and Live Musician

Intrinsically curious and explorative with the potential of sound and music to create experiences and shift emotional states, Hayley works intuitively and responsively as both a composer and performer to interact with her audience and create a mood. She sensitively utilises different tools and technologies, from surround sound to raw voice to achieve this.

This page showcases her recent, professional commissions as a Composer/Musician from Gargoyle Punk to immersive seascapes, its been a busy year so far.

  • 2017: TORN: Installation /Collaboration with Lee Karen Stow @ Humber Street Gallery, November 6th- December 31st, 2017


Photo: Scattered © Lee Karen Stow

TORN is a digital photographic, sound and mixed media installation led by documentary photographer Lee Karen Stow in collaboration with sound artists Hayley Youell and Andy Seward, textile artist Liz Knight and members of the Hull Women’s Refugee Group.

For more details about the exhibition:

  • 2017: The Gargoyles of Selby with 154 Collective Selby Arts Festival, July 
  • 2017: No Witness- Original Song/Soundscape in response to collaboration with Moved By Art, Hull 2017, Somewhere Becoming Sea project. Performed live at WORM Festival, June 2017 @ Humber Street Gallery

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  • 2017: Wrestling The Walrus, 154 Collective. Music and soundscape collaboration with Nick Lewis for Leeds Libraries, July- August 2017 
  • 2017: The Elixir Cabinet- collaboration with Fabric Lenny for the Culture Cures, Beam Wakefield

In collaboration with artist Fabric Lenny,  Hayley designed and delivered pop-ups in Ossett and Pontefract Markets engaging visitors in conversations about wellbeing and mindful experiences to encourage creativity and self-care. She composed a track ‘Open The Door’ , which was part of the immersive “moment out” inside the cabinet.

For more information about the project, click here

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  • 2016: Intense Attachment, Wayne Sables Project. Hayley engaged Nick Lewis as a collaborator and musician to develop new songs and live music for this project.

Hayley collaborated with musicians/composers Nick Lewis and James Dey on the score for Under The Bed in Autumn 2015. She also toured as a live musician with the production. Under The Bed toured extensively in Autumn 2016 across the North East.

Fabric Lenny, Artist and Collaborator, 154 Collective shared,

” Hayley brought a wonderful energy to the musical development of Under the Bed, adding additional depth and texture to the compositions and performances within the show. She’s a real treasure and a pleasure to collaborate with.”



Hayley studied Theatre, Film and Television at York St John University (2002-2005). She majored in sound design and directing and gained professional sound credits during her internship in 2004 at The Crucible, Sheffield.

She has been commissioned to work collaboratively with Creative Recovery on several installations using music, digital arts and performance in the public realm.

Mesmerising, haunting, beautiful  

“Loved, loved, loved the live music”

Audience Feedback, Under The Bed, Autumn 2015

“Hayley is not only passionate about her art, she is incredibly knowledgable. Her vision enabled me to take my work Intense Attachment to a whole new level.”

Wayne Sables, Artistic Director, Wayne Sables Project