John Hawkins Music

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


‘At Two’

In their extraordinarily wide-ranging new CD of music for two violas, Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner include works by Bach, Benda, Bridge, Dowland, Schubert, Tertis and Vitali. Arrangers include Lionel Tertis himself and Vadim Borisovsky. My own (very demanding!) piece on the CD, ‘At Two’, was commissioned by Peter and Matthias and they give it everything! The CD is available from Meridian Records and Amazon.

Future tense

It is very exciting that three of my pieces are being played by students of the Royal College of Music in their final recitals this year: ‘Urizen’ (viola), ‘Variations’ (piano) and ‘Grounds’ (oboe).

Winds (and strings) in May

On 11th May at St Michael and All Angels in Brighton, at 7.30 pm Ellie Blackshaw (violin) and David Elwin (piano) are playing my ‘Cortege?’ in a concert including Beethoven, Rebecca Clarke and Frank Bridge.
On 30th May at St Anne’s, Lewes, at 1.00 pm Klio Blonz of the Amalthea Duo (flute and harp) is including in their recital my virtuoso piece for solo flute ‘Disturbed Nights’ . Originally written for artist/oboist Emily Bakker it was rewritten last year for flute. Emily Bakker used to babysit for us – hence the title!

Between these events, Steve Dummer, clarinet, and the Stane Street Sinfonietta will be recording both my Clarinet Concerto and ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’ for clarinet and strings, conducted by Holly Matthieson. The CD will be issued, in due course, by Claudio Records.

Antique Romance?

Just finished the tricky process of rewriting my ‘Romantique’, first performed in 2018 with piano, now in a version for the more usual grouping of flute, viola and harp.

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,