In 1991, director Wilf Judd at Covent Garden developed a wonderfully imaginative scheme (The Garden Venture) to commission short chamber operas. Mine, titled ‘Echoes‘, had a brilliant libretto by Anne Harris whose skills – developed writing for television – were perfect for opera. I’ve just revised the music and the score is now available from me in PDF.
I wrote ’Crossings’ for viola and guitar this year for violist Patricia McCarty and guitarist Bill Zito. Their first, video, performance was streamed online from the InterHarmony International Music Festival:
The concert is posted on the festival’s YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPCM2S3TJUk
Crossings is at about 55 mins into the video.
A new slow, winding, passionate introduction is added to my Toccata for two violins which has a dizzy ending!
Hear it on Soundcloud
Fenella Humphries included a superb performance of my ‘BoBop’ for solo violin in her lockdown concert on 5th July, together with pieces by Biber and Schubert and the premiere of ‘Caged Bird’ by Alison Berry. See it all on YouTube at
(Bobop starts at about 34′)
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.