Featuring Steve Dummer, clarinet; Stane Street Sinfonietta (Holly Mathieson, conductor); Aidan Smith, baritone; Yoko Ono, piano and Ivana Peranic, cello.

Track 1 ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’ for clarinet and string orchestra
Track 2 ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’ for clarinet and baritone voice (poem by Edward Lear)
Tracks 3-5 ‘In Touch’ (trio for clarinet, cello and piano)
Tracks 6–8 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Tracks 9–11 Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra

This richly rewarding release presents music featuring the clarinet by John Hawkins … Performances are uniformly excellent and the recording quality is exemplary. Highly recommended.
Musical Opinion January 2020

Available from Naxos and Amazon , Presto Music as well as iTunes and Spotify for streaming


Voices from the Sea cover

Voices from the Sea released by Meridian Records and available on iTunes, includes ‘Voices from the Sea’ with tenor Martyn Hill and the string orchestra Divertimenti.

‘What an enterprising CD this is, with a great mixture of excellent music.’
‘ . . . intelligent, heartfelt, often beautiful communication’
‘ . . . a stunning song cycle’

Full reviews here . . .


Urizen was recorded by Paul Silverthorne and John Constable on Black Box Music with pieces by many distinguished composers commissioned by Paul, including Anthony Payne, Richard Rodney Bennett, Elisabeth Lutyens, Colin Matthews, Robert Saxton and John Woolrich. The CD is currently not available, but may return!
Click here to see another performance by Paul on YouTube


‘At Two’ on ‘A Tale of Two Violas’ – Meridian CDE84652

One work stands at something of a remove; John Hawkins’ At Two, written in 2017 to a commission from the two violists here. Taking its name from a laconic Woody Allen line – ‘I’m at two with nature’ – the two brief movements offer plentiful contrast, with an especially fast moving, even zany second movement to entertain the listener and stretch the performers.
   This finely recorded programme sports well-researched notes by [Peter] Mallinson. Together he and [Mathias] Wiesner and their colleagues offer a disc both to enlighten and to entertain.

BoBop for solo violin is on Thomas Gould’s CD ‘Bach to Parker’ (2015)

‘Scythingly scintillating playing from a young virtuoso with a magpie mind’

Cortège? is available on Meridian Records ‘Homage a Lorca’ together with pieces by Poulenc, Falla, Cecilia McDowell and others.

‘… works that combine beauty and nervous energy, and make me want to hear more…’

Sortie (for Trumpet and organ) has been recorded by Deborah Calland with William Whitehead, organ and is available on their CD ‘North Star’ on the Deux-Elles label together with other contemporary works.


Sea Symphony,This World, Sonata Serenata and Veiled Lightning are available on a demo CD direct from John Hawkins