John Hawkins Music

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


The Dong

The Dong with a Luminous Nose is a new setting of the surprisingly lyrical, and sad, Edward Lear poem – much more than mere nonsense!
The setting is for baritone and solo clarinet, with an alternative version for soprano voice and soprano saxophone. (c. 10 mins)


2017 was a busy year with performances of my

Clarinet Sonata (clarinet and piano), Silk Road  (voice and string quartet), Sonata Serenata (flute and piano), Lost in Translation (piano solo), Divisibility (COMA ensemble), Urizen (viola and piano), Like the Touch of Rain (voice, flute and harp), Another Orpheus (string orchestra), Mouthpiece (trumpet and piano), Marcel Morceaux (piano solo), Fuzon (string quartet), Miniataur (RIOT Ensemble) and The Song of Three (choir and folk musicians)

Looking forward to 2018 with forthcoming performances of my Clarinet Concerto, Romantique (flute, viola and piano) and a recording of my 1976 string quartet

Kiss me on Wednesday

Two of the cabaret songs written by me and lyricist Alison Rutherford get their first outing on December 9th, sung by the wonderful Katherine Glasson.
‘Too Old to Fall in Love (Too Young to Believe it)’ and ‘When We Were Young’ come from our ‘Seven Songs for Grownups’ which also includes ‘Kiss Me on Wednesday’.
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Marcel Morceaux

A piano recital by Yuri Patterson-Olenich with Evgenia Startseva on Saturday November 18th features pieces by several New Music Brighton including the premiere of my three ’Marcel Morceaux’For the faint-hearted, there will be pre-concert discussion with composers from 6.45pm by way of introduction to the music! The concert is at St Luke’s church, Brighton.
Tickets can be bought online at Eventbrite


Fire works

On November 5th the wonderful Piatti Quartet played my ‘Fuzon‘ at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Chamber Music Festival. An auspicious day for William Blake’s Fuzon who “On spiked flames rose, his hot visage flam’d furious”.  This recording is from a performance the Piatti gave of the piece in France in 2014, since which they have played it in the Bath Festival. In 2016 ‘Fuzon’ was played at the Brighton Philharmonic chamber music series.

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,