John Hawkins Music

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


For These

The Manchester choir Altèri commissioned a setting of the WWI war poet Edward Thomas’s ‘For these’ from me. [“For these I ask not, but, neither too late/ Nor yet too early, for what men call content,/ And also that something may be sent/ To be contented with, I ask of Fate.”]. I counterpointed the poem with parts of the Te Deum. It was Altèri’s first commission and on March 10th they are including it in their 25th anniversary concert at St James’ church in Gatley.


My Clarinet Sonata, which was described by Musical Opinion as “compact and gloriously melodic … a fine contribution to the genre” was played at the Horsham Music Circle on Saturday 15th February 7.30 pm and then at the lunchtime concert on Tuesday 18th February, 1.10 pm at the lovely Chapel Royal, Brighton all by the same artists (Steve Dummer and Yoko Ono) as on the Simplicius CD.
Chapel Royal, Brighton, 164 North St, Brighton BN1 1EA

Not so Simple

This new CD released on January 3rd, includes much of the music I’ve written for clarinet. Two large-scale pieces are with string orchestra, others are with chamber groups. The CD title comes from a highly dramatic piece for clarinet and strings prompted by the 17th-century novel ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’. Also included is a setting of the whole of Edward Lear’s ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’.

‘Performances are uniformly excellent and the recording quality is exemplary.
Highly recommended’
– Musical Opinion
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2 x 70

On Friday 6th December, two of my pieces will be performed in a 7.30pm concert at St Luke’s, Brighton as part of a joint 70th birthday celebration with fellow composer Barry Mills. They are ‘Lost in Translation’ for piano and ‘Cortège?’ for violin and piano. The performers will be Michiko Shimanuki, piano/composer and Ellie Blackshaw, violin. Barry Mills’s pieces are Winter Images for solo piano and Rondo for solo violin. Ellie will also be playing Flos Ferri for solo violin by Michiko and the concert includes pieces by Mozart, Ravel and Debussy.
There will be cake and wine!
NB: Barry Mills’ CD ‘Interbeing’ has just been released by Claudio Records.

Slow Release

Friday 15th November saw the first performance since 1973 of my ‘Romanza’ for ‘cello and piano! One of three pieces (Intrada, Romanza and Burlesca) which started life in my ‘Cello Sonata (the fourth movement did not survive!). The performance was at a tour de force concert by Ivana Peranic, cello and Rachel Fryer, piano at St Luke’s Brighton. They also played the Debussy sonata and pieces by no less than ten New Music Brighton composers.

John Hawkins composer

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.