John Hawkins Music

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


Shadows to Light

Violinist Siân Philipps has just released her new CD ‘From Shadows to Light‘ which I’m delighted to say includes my ‘Looking Back’. The CD includes music by Grace Williams, Paul Ladmirault, Vaughan Williams, Sally Beamish and Egon Wellesz.
CD formats and downloads are on the Claudio label CC6035

Seeking Harmony

The ‘Seeking Harmony’ recital by pianist and composer Julian Broughton on 24 March at 4pm at the Christian Community, Forest Row will include my ‘Escape’ for piano which was one of three pieces commissioned last year in aid of the ’Freedom from Torture’ charity.


All Saints LewesBeginning my 75th year, there will be a concert on 13 January given by Musicians of All Saints at All Saints, Lewes including my ‘Threnody’ for string orchestra written 50 years ago!

Chidiock’s End

In 1586, having written his own justly famous elegy ‘My Prime of Youth’, the young Chidiock Tichborne was executed for his part in a plot against Queen Elizabeth 1. On 18 November the brilliant Brass Fusion included my ‘Chidiock’s End’ for brass quintet in a New Music Brighton concert at All Saints in Brighton. A link to a video of the first performance is on my Facebook page:

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.