John Hawkins Music

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


Not too folksy

Following ‘Take Two’ for two guitars, premiered last year, is this new trio ‘Fauxsong’ for guitar, violin and ‘cello. It will have its first performance in March 2020. A rather melancholy melody gets the treatment.


Contra for Piano Quintet 2019Just written ‘Contra’: six minutes of powerful contrasts for piano quintet!
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Lost in Translation

Image result for michiko shimanukiOn 23rd July, Michiko Shimanuki will be playing my ‘Lost in Translation’. This is one of seven Haydn Fantasies for piano commissioned by the Presteigne Festival from seven composers in 2009 in celebration of pianist/composer John McCabe’s 70th birthday. The concert is part of the Square Mile Music Series, St Mary-at-Hill, London 1.15 pm

‘At Two’

In their extraordinarily wide-ranging new CD of music for two violas, Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner include works by Bach, Benda, Bridge, Dowland, Schubert, Tertis and Vitali. Arrangers include Lionel Tertis himself and Vadim Borisovsky. My own (very demanding!) piece on the CD, ‘At Two’, was commissioned by Peter and Matthias and they give it everything! The CD is available from Meridian Records and Amazon.

John Hawkins composer

John Hawkins studied composition with Malcolm Williamson and Elisabeth Lutyens. He has written a wide range of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral pieces, which have been performed worldwide.