John Hawkins Music

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


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.

Coming Up in October 2017

On Saturday October 21st from 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm ‘Celebrating Sussex Folk Song‘, at The Old Chapel, Alfriston included my Song of Three for choir and folk players and singers. The next performance will be at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre, Uckfield on November 11th
On Saturday October 28th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, the Riot Ensemble concert at St Nicholas Brighton included my Miniataur for bass clarinet, ‘cello and timpani.

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,