John Hawkins Music

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


Comings and Goings in 2022

September 11 ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’ (performance version) Steve Dummer, clarinet , Aidan Smith, baritone with mime artist, Tête à Tête Opera, Cockpit Theatre, London
September 17  ‘Veiled Lightning’ (organ) David Stevens, All Saints, Hove
October 20 ‘Lost in Translation’ (piano) Michiko Shimanuki, All Saints, Hove
October 28 ‘Fuzon’ (string quartet) Piatti Quartet, Nicholas Yonge Society, Lewes
November 4 ‘Another Orpheus’ (string orchestra) Stane Street Sinfonietta, Horsham
November 19 ‘Adding Up’ (flute, clarinet and piano) Leto Ensemble, St Luke’s Brighton

January 15
2022 ‘Another Orpheus’ (String orchestra) Musicians of All Saints, St Mary, Kemptown
January 28 ’Period Pieces’ (piano) Yoko Ono, Chapel Royal, Brighton
March 5th ‘The Unknown Bird’ and ‘Strange Bridge’ (baritone, flute, viola and harp, and piano) John Lofthouse, Aurora Trio, Steep, Hampshire
May 5th ‘Romantique’ (flute, viola and harp) Aurora Trio, Lauderdale House, Highgate
May 25th ‘Urizen’ (viola and piano) Jiayun Long final recital, Royal Academy of Music
June 4  ‘Romantique’ (flute, viola and harp) Trilogy Trio, York Late Music, York


“Their heads are green, and their hands are blue …”

Looking for a mime or dancer to create – for a London performance this September – the role of the Jumbly Girl in a 15-minute staged version of Edward Lear’s tragic love story ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’ using my setting for voice and solo clarinet. Could be right for a mime or dancer!

The Unknown Bird

On March 5th there was a performance of my song cycle ‘The Unknown Bird’ to words by Edward Thomas. This was the first of many settings I have made of his poetry and is for voice with flute, viola and harp. The performance was with baritone John Lofthouse and the Aurora trio and held at the church in Steep (Hampshire) where Thomas lived before he went off to France in 1917 and the War that killed him. The concert also included the premiere of ‘Strange Bridge’ a cycle setting three other Edward Thomas poems with piano.

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.