Great review of the Simplicius CD in MusicWeb International!
“A varied and affecting programme of music by a rarely recorded contemporary British composer … Claudio Records has come up with a winner here. The music is involving and interesting, the performances very good and the recording outstanding …. makes a good case for saying more Hawkins please”
‘Stranger, Lover, Dancer’: Three pieces written for and premiered by Jessie Richardson (of the Piatti Quartet) in the Cheltenham Festival and subsequently played at the Presteigne Festival by Alice Neary. Published by Comus Edition
‘Variations‘: Described by MusicWeb International as ‘A minor masterpiece in its own right’ and recorded by Kathron Sturrock on my ‘Voices from the Sea’ CD
‘Marcel Morceaux‘ – three pieces in a French mood written in memory of mime artist Marcel Marceau. Not yet performed! – sheet music available from me
Solo Violin or viola
‘BoBop‘: a five-minute jazz-inspired showpiece written for Emily Pringle and recorded by Thomas Gould on his ‘Bach to Parker’ CD. Published by Comus Edition
‘Disturbed Nights‘: increasingly fretful variations written for an oboe-playing baby sitter, recorded by Christopher O’Neal on ‘Voices from the Sea’. Also available for solo flute. Sheet music available from me
In these locked-down days, many are choosing to hear music streamed to save the postman!
I’m glad to say that both my CDs (‘Voices from the Sea’ and ‘Simplicius’) are available streamed as well as on CD.
For instance these sites can be searched for both CDs. Some pay the composer more than others!
and now QoBuz best-known for hi-res audio https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/discover
Back in 2019 BC (before corona), the wonderful duo of flautist Emma Halnan and pianist Daniel King Smith played my ’Sonata Serenata’ in London at a St Martin-in-the-Fields lunchtime concert. Here is a video of that excellent performance:
John Hawkins studied composition with Malcolm Williamson and Elisabeth Lutyens. He has written a wide range of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral pieces, which have been performed worldwide.