John Hawkins Music

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


A Walk with Ingres’ Wife

A just-rewritten movement for brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba).
The title comes from an essay On the Exploitation of Vulgarity (1914) by the artist Wyndham Lewis in which he quotes a story about the French painter Ingres:

“When an ugly or uncomely person appeared on the horizon of their daily promenade, Ingres’ careful wife would raise her shawl protectingly and he would be spared a sight that would have offended him. … Today the artist’s attention would be drawn, on the contrary, to anything particularly hideous or banal as a thing not to be missed.”

In this short piece (approx. 7 minutes) I imagine such a walk, with Mme Ingres’ poise broken by increasingly frantic evasions!

It Takes Two

Take Two is a new short, sharp (2’30”) showpiece for two guitars. Music is available from me and can be heard on Soundcloud!

Take Two for two guitars

Last Wave

Just finished rewriting ‘The Seafarer’, the last and only unperformed one of my trilogy of sea pieces (‘Sea Symphony’, ‘Voices from the Sea’). This large-scale piece is for tenor, choir and chamber orchestra and uses words from the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘The Seafarer’ and a powerful short story by the great Liverpool seaman, poet, actor and political activist George Garrett.

Early Bird

My first string quartet (written in 1976) has just appeared on YouTube in a video made earlier this year.

More recently I wrote ‘Fuzon’ for string quartet which is also on YouTube

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.

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,