John Hawkins Music

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


New music for trumpet and piano, including my ‘Mouthpiece’, will get first performances on September 21st at the Friends Meeting House, Brighton. The players are Fraser Tannock (winner of the Philip Jones Brass Prize, and the Royal Overseas League Competition) and composer and pianist Terence Allbright.

Another Orpheus

July 8th sees the premiere of my ‘Another Orpheus’ for string orchestra, by the Musicians of All Saints. The title is from a drama by Shelley which he wrote to support the Greek war of independence (in which Byron famously died). ‘Another Orpheus sings again and loves and weeps and dies’.

At Two

‘At Two’ is a pair of new pieces for two violas, commissioned by Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner whose superb recent CD ‘Music for Two Violas’ is on the Meridian label. The title comes, of course, from Woody Allen’s ‘I am at two with nature’.

Wild, Weird and Wonderful

2nd July sees another outing for my COMA piece ‘Divisibility’, this time at East Sussex Academy in a concert including (wild, weird and wonderful) pieces by Andrew Hadfield, Patrick Harrex, Zoe Martlew, Michael Nyman, Sheena Phillips and Dave Smith.

Lost in Translation

Seven short piano pieces (including my ‘Lost in Translation‘) written for the 2009 Presteigne Festival in celebration of Haydn’s 200th and John McCabe’s 70th birthdays will be included in Clare Hammond’s recital at the Hertfordshire Music Festival on 9th June. The other composers are James Francis Brown, Peter Fribbins, David Matthews, Alan Mills, Matthew Taylor and Hugh Wood.

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,