Born: 1706, Hanbury, Worcestershire, England.
Christened: December 12, 1706, Hanbury, Worcestershire, England.
Died: July 27, 1777, Oxford, England.
Buried: St. Peter-in-the-East, Oxford, England.
William was the son of John Hayes.
He was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral under William Hine, and organist at St. Mary’s, Shrewsbury (1729–31); Worcester Cathedral (1731–34); and Magdalen College, Oxford (1734–77).
He received his BMus degree in 1735, and DMus in 1749.
He served as a Professor of Music from 1741 until his death.