John Hawkins Music

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


At Two with Nature

‘At Two’, a challenging piece for two violas in two movements (naturally), gets its first performance at June 14th’s lunchtime concert at St Olave’s Church, Hart Street, London. It will be played by Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner who commissioned it and who are recording it for their second CD with Meridian Records the next day. The title comes from Woody Allen’s famous jibe ‘I am at two with nature’.  Peter and Matthias’s exciting first CD ‘Music for Two Violas’ is Meridian’s CDE84641.
There will another performance at their lunchtime recital on Monday 9th July as part of the Buckingham Festival.
See ‘At Two’ now published by Comus Edition.

Final Trio

Sadly, on June 17th the wonderful Duruflé Trio is giving its final concert. It will include my ‘Romantique’ for flute, viola and piano together with pieces by William Alwyn, Arnold Bax, CPE Bach and seven composers from New Music Brighton. The concert will be at St Luke’s church at 5.00 pm.

Tickets here

Simplicius Simplicissimus

Just finished a short piece for clarinet and string orchestra (or piano) based on the extraordinary Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus, the 17th-century story of a young boy travelling through a world ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War and the appalling things he both sees and does ‘… in the end, contrite and fully tired of a world wasting itself in blood, pillage and lust’ (Thomas Mann).
A vivid new translation by J. A. Underwood has just been published by Penguin.

Another Rebirth

Originally written in 1974 for London’s City Lit. wind band, I have revived ‘Overture, Tragedy and Farce’. The City Lit. group was very flexible (meaning that sometimes the bassoonist didn’t turn up and the bass clarinet, a well-known actor was, happily, very busy). Usually there were at least 2 flutes (and sometimes 6!), 2 oboes, 4 clarinets, 2 horns and the bassoon, so that’s what these three short pieces are scored for.

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,