John Hawkins Music

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


Another Rebirth

Originally written in 1974 for London’s City Lit. wind band, I have revived ‘Overture, Tragedy and Farce’. The City Lit. group was very flexible (meaning that sometimes the bassoonist didn’t turn up and the bass clarinet, a well-known actor was, happily, very busy). Usually there were at least 2 flutes (and sometimes 6!), 2 oboes, 4 clarinets, 2 horns and the bassoon, so that’s what these three short pieces are scored for.


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)

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,