John Hawkins Music

‘Hawkins writes in a sound-language which can be enjoyable and even compelling, ensuring communication at a first hearing’


On 3rd March my Concerto for Clarinet and Strings had its first performance since 1974. This time it was here in Lewes with the always-exciting Steve Dummer and the Musicians of All Saints.

The Dong

The Dong with a Luminous Nose is a new setting of the surprisingly lyrical, and sad, Edward Lear poem – much more than mere nonsense!
The setting is for baritone and solo clarinet, with an alternative version for soprano voice and soprano saxophone. (c. 10 mins)


2017 was a busy year with performances of my

Clarinet Sonata (clarinet and piano), Silk Road  (voice and string quartet), Sonata Serenata (flute and piano), Lost in Translation (piano solo), Divisibility (COMA ensemble), Urizen (viola and piano), Like the Touch of Rain (voice, flute and harp), Another Orpheus (string orchestra), Mouthpiece (trumpet and piano), Marcel Morceaux (piano solo), Fuzon (string quartet), Miniataur (RIOT Ensemble) and The Song of Three (choir and folk musicians)

Looking forward to 2018 with forthcoming performances of my Clarinet Concerto, Romantique (flute, viola and piano) and a recording of my 1976 string quartet

Kiss me on Wednesday

Two of the cabaret songs written by me and lyricist Alison Rutherford get their first outing on December 9th, sung by the wonderful Katherine Glasson.
‘Too Old to Fall in Love (Too Young to Believe it)’ and ‘When We Were Young’ come from our ‘Seven Songs for Grownups’ which also includes ‘Kiss Me on Wednesday’.
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John Hawkins composer

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,