John Hawkins Music

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

Coming Up in October 2017

On Saturday October 21st from 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm ‘Celebrating Sussex Folk Song‘, at The Old Chapel, Alfriston included my Song of Three for choir and folk players and singers. The next performance will be at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre, Uckfield on November 11th
On Saturday October 28th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, the Riot Ensemble concert at St Nicholas Brighton included my Miniataur for bass clarinet, ‘cello and timpani.


A new single movement for flute, viola and piano. It is, as its name suggests, somewhat romantic and slightly antique.
It is also brief – 3’30”


New music for trumpet and piano, including my ‘Mouthpiece’, will get first performances on September 21st at the Friends Meeting House, Brighton. The players are Fraser Tannock (winner of the Philip Jones Brass Prize, and the Royal Overseas League Competition) and composer and pianist Terence Allbright.

Another Orpheus

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

‘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’.

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,