My trio for flute, viola and harp Romantique gets its first performance on Friday 12th November played by the Aurora Trio at 7.30 at St Luke’s, Brighton. Also on the programme are trios by Arnold Bax, Malcolm Lipkin and members of New Music Brighton. It will be played again by the Trilogy Ensemble in the Late Music series in York in 2022.
I have recently set two poems by Isaac Rosenberg, the artist, poet and reluctant soldier who was killed in WWI. The first is the idealistic ‘My Days’, written before the war, and the second is extracts from his long and savage ‘Dead Man’s Dump’ written in 1917 and bitter with experience. The settings are for baritone and piano and join my recent settings of three poems by Edward Thomas (‘Strange Bridge’), also for baritone and piano.
On October 14th, Ellen Blackshaw (violin) and Yoko Ono (piano) performed my ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Cortège?’ at All Saints church, Hove. Both pieces are based on poems by the Spanish surrealist poet Federico García Lorca. The ‘Nocturne’ was written especially for this concert to contrast with the Nocturne and Cortège by Lili Boulanger.
Saturday 2nd October 2.30 pm Pianist Karen Kingsley includied my Marcel Morceaux in her New Music Brighton concert at the Friends’ Meeting house in Brighton. Marcel Morceaux are three pieces written in memory of the great mime artist Marcel Marceaux. Karen Kingsley also played works by Benjamin Britten and New Music Brighton composers.
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.