John Hawkins Music

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


In Time

Yoko Ono included my ‘Period Pieces’ for piano in her recital on Wednesday 28th June at St Nicholas church in Brighton. The pieces follow the form of dances from a baroque suite – Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue. Hear the Gigue on Soundcloud

Chidiock’s End

Chidiock Tichborne was only 24 years old when he was brutally executed by being hanged, drawn, and quartered for his role in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in 1586. His ‘Elegy’, (‘My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares’) written on the eve of his execution was sent to his wife and remains his most famous poem. This short piece for brass instruments is suitably dramatic and tragic.
Hear it on Soundcloud

Mimes for one

Yulia Drukh is a truly astonishing clarinettist with many international awards to her name so I’m thrilled that her new CD (available internationally from 9th June) includes my ‘Mimes’ for solo clarinet. Unusually, all the music on the CD is for solo clarinet and features works from the 20th and 21st centuries including a virtuoso version of ’Asturias’ by Isaac Albeniz.


My new short piano piece ‘Escape’ is one of three new works commissioned by pianist Nancy Cooley for her concert in support of the charity Freedom From Torture on 5 February.
The recital was a sold-out success raising £3500 for the charity!


I have just rewritten the slow movement of my first string quartet for string orchestra as ‘Threnody’. An intense piece that alternates calm and lamentation.
Hear it on Soundcloud

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.