John Hawkins Music

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

Urizen non-Brexit

Following their terrific performance at the Brighton Festival, Timothy Ridout and John Reid will be playing ‘Urizen‘ at the Munich Gasteig on 13th May. The concert will be broadcast by Bayerische Rundfunk on 24th June.

Not amazed

Minos’ daughter Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and helped him escape the labyrinth by following a ball of thread.  He left her on Naxos of course. ‘Labyrinth‘ is a new piece for cor anglais and piano – an appropriately winding and unwinding single movement: atmospheric and dramatic, all in about 4 minutes.

Whiskies of Islay

Not an offer of drink but a concert by COMA Sussex on 18th May including not only Dave Smith’s ‘Whiskies of Islay‘ pieces but my ‘Divisibility’ and others by Michael Nyman, Zoe Martlew, Sheena Phillips, Andrew Hadfield and Patrick Harrex. As always with COMA the pieces are for flexible ensembles – bizarre, radical and entertaining!

Short and Suite

I’ve just rewritten three brief pieces ‘Trivia’ for two clarinets – Prelude, Tango and Ragtime – they date back to my youth but come up well I think in a slightly brittle way! Score available from me.

Tossicated lubbock

Great Sussex dialect words I’ve plundered for my new ‘Song of Three’ (I must be settling in):
Aggy dumbledore, beazled pug,
Plaguey shimeroys, slabby spud,
Tossicated lubbock, flittermouse farisees,
Chuckle-headed codger – Zackly.

[Aggy – peevish; Dumbledore – bumblebee; Beazled – weary; Plaguey – troublesome; Shimeroys – midges; Slabby – wet, slippery; Spud – for digging; Tossicated – drunk; Flittermouse – bat; Farisees – fairies; Chuckle-headed – daft; Codger – miser]

(… despite the date, this is not an April fool!)

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,