John Hawkins Music

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


Bow Bop

BoBop is a 5 minute showpiece for solo violin in Bebop style. Recorded by Thom Gould on his Bach to Parker CD, it has been played many times and most recently in two performances in Brighton by Ellie Blackshaw. A version for viola has been performed in the UK by Yuko Inoue and in the USA by Patricia McCarty. Ellie Blackshaw will be playing BoBop again on 23rd July at the Chapel Royal Brighton.

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!

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.