John Hawkins Music

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


Zany violas?

On 19th October at 7.00pm at St Margaret, Rottingdean, my ‘At Two’ for two violas was played by the violists who commissioned it, Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner – both members of the BBCSO. Reviewing their new CD, MusicWeb International said:
“One work stands at something of a remove; John Hawkins’ ‘At Two’ …. Taking its name from a laconic Woody Allen line – ‘I’m at two with nature’ – the two brief movements offer plentiful contrast, with an especially fast moving, even zany second movement to entertain the listener and stretch the performers.”
See the CD on Meridian Records

Getting Balance

Clarinet recording 29-09-19

On 29th September we recorded my Clarinet Sonata and ‘In Touch’ trio, with Steve Dummer (clarinet), Ivana Peranic (‘cello) and Yoko Ono (piano). The venue was the huge St Bartholomew in Brighton and, to get balance between the instruments, the clarinet and ‘cello needed to be lofted. They came down safely and the CD of all my music for clarinet will be released on 29th November by Claudio records.

Looking Back

On September 25th, violinist Siân Philipps who recorded my ‘Cortège?’ on her CD ‘Homage à Lorca’, will be performing ‘Looking Back’ for violin and piano which I wrote for her and which she premiered at Blackheath Concert Halls last year. The concert is entitled ‘Outsiders: Being on the Edge’ and includes rarely-heard pieces by Egon Wellesz and Grace Williams as well as an early sonata by Mendelssohn.
The concert is at 1.00 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Brighton

Disturbed Night

On 17th September, wonderful flautist Klio Blonz will be playing my ‘Disturbed Nights’ (originally for oboe) at the Hurst Festival.
It was written for artist/musician Emily Bakker who drew this mildly disturbing picture while babysitting one of our children … hence the title!
This is Klio Blonz’s second performance of the piece.

Repeating Serenade

My Sonata Serenata for flute and piano having just had a wonderful performance at The Presteigne Festival by Katherine Bryan and Tom Poster gets another outing at St Martin in the Fields lunchtime concert on 3rd September with Emma Halnan and Daniel King Smith. Emma was woodwind category winner in the BBC Young Musicians 2010. See full details on the St Martins’ website.

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,