July 8th sees the premiere of my ‘Another Orpheus’ for string orchestra, by the Musicians of All Saints. The title is from a drama by Shelley which he wrote to support the Greek war of independence (in which Byron famously died). ‘Another Orpheus sings again and loves and weeps and dies’.
‘At Two’ is a pair of new pieces for two violas, commissioned by Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner whose superb recent CD ‘Music for Two Violas’ is on the Meridian label. The title comes, of course, from Woody Allen’s ‘I am at two with nature’.
2nd July sees another outing for my COMA piece ‘Divisibility’, this time at East Sussex Academy in a concert including (wild, weird and wonderful) pieces by Andrew Hadfield, Patrick Harrex, Zoe Martlew, Michael Nyman, Sheena Phillips and Dave Smith.
Seven short piano pieces (including my ‘Lost in Translation‘) written for the 2009 Presteigne Festival in celebration of Haydn’s 200th and John McCabe’s 70th birthdays will be included in Clare Hammond’s recital at the Hertfordshire Music Festival on 9th June. The other composers are James Francis Brown, Peter Fribbins, David Matthews, Alan Mills, Matthew Taylor and Hugh Wood.
Following their terrific performance at the Brighton Festival, Timothy Ridout and John Reid will be playing ‘Urizen‘ at the Munich Gasteig on 13th May. The concert will be broadcast by Bayerische Rundfunk on 24th June.
John Hawkins studied composition with Malcolm Williamson and Elisabeth Lutyens. He has written many chamber, vocal and orchestral pieces, which have been performed worldwide, as well as successful music for children,