Originally written in 1974 for London’s City Lit. wind band, I have revived ‘Overture, Tragedy and Farce’. The City Lit. group was very flexible (meaning that sometimes the bassoonist didn’t turn up and the bass clarinet, a well-known actor was, happily, very busy). Usually there were at least 2 flutes (and sometimes 6!), 2 oboes, 4 clarinets, 2 horns and the bassoon, so that’s what these three short pieces are scored for.
On 3rd March my Concerto for Clarinet and Strings had its first performance since 1974. This time it was here in Lewes with the always-exciting Steve Dummer and the Musicians of All Saints.
The fantastic COMA – Contemporary Music for All – has a festival from 2nd to 4th March in venues all over Britain and Europe http://www.coma.org/whats-on/events/festival/. My own piece ‘Divisibility’ in COMA’s open score (any instrument, anyone can play!) is now available from their library http://www.coma.org/catalogue/divisibility/
The Dong with a Luminous Nose is a new setting of the surprisingly lyrical, and sad, Edward Lear poem – much more than mere nonsense!
The setting is for baritone and solo clarinet, with an alternative version for soprano voice and soprano saxophone. (c. 10 mins)
2017 was a busy year with performances of my
Clarinet Sonata (clarinet and piano), Silk Road (voice and string quartet), Sonata Serenata (flute and piano), Lost in Translation (piano solo), Divisibility (COMA ensemble), Urizen (viola and piano), Like the Touch of Rain (voice, flute and harp), Another Orpheus (string orchestra), Mouthpiece (trumpet and piano), Marcel Morceaux (piano solo), Fuzon (string quartet), Miniataur (RIOT Ensemble) and The Song of Three (choir and folk musicians)
Looking forward to 2018 with forthcoming performances of my Clarinet Concerto, Romantique (flute, viola and piano) and a recording of my 1976 string quartet …
John Hawkins studied composition with Malcolm Williamson and Elisabeth Lutyens. He has written many chamber, vocal and orchestral pieces, which have been performed worldwide, as well as successful music for children,