“a world class exhibition of steel pan artistry … Top drawer.” – Musician magazine.

Welcome to the new website of Rachel Hayward. Her thirty-year involvement with pan music has resulted in an eclectic career; equally at home at Carnival or on the concert platform, Rachel is a uniquely experienced and qualified performer and facilitator. Click on the links to read her biography, view photos and find out how to book her to bring her unforgettable performances to your special event.

Rachel’s new album is now available!

“Wow! … amazing … Bravo!” – Danny Weinkauf (Red Pants Band / TMBG)

“On this, her fourth album, Rachel’s sparkling musicianship shines through as brilliantly as her red hair – her versatility on the various saxophones and virtuosity on the pans are a veritable tour de force.” – Mark Bassey (Trombone virtuoso –

“An amazing album” – Steve Popernack (Singing Steel Music)

“Thanks for selecting Outta De Box. Enjoyed listening to the album. Keeping playing the music.” – Mark Loquan (composer – “Outta De Box”)

“Wow! Potpourri of earlobe delights my god! You’re rather good what!!! It was like a mystical vortex of an eerie fairground with even a bit of Benny Hill running about with the odd ferrous rave kicking in – loved it! […] Lover Come Back was a favourite.” – Michael ‘Atters’ Attree (Chap / all-round good guy and local hero)

More information here!

Read about Rachel’s involvement with Music For Youth

Rachel playing Ray Holman’s ‘Carnival is for Woman’ (featured on Priestess of Pan).

Also from her 2008 album Priestess of Pan:

‘Only You’ – Yazoo

‘Grace Kelly’ – Mika

‘California Dreaming’ – The Mamas and the Papas

‘Margie’ – Lord Kitchener


popListen to Priestess of Pan on Spotify or buy the full version (including two exclusive tracks) here , or check out Rachel’s Youtube channel featuring many of her performances over the years here.