John Hawkins Music

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


Chidiock’s End

In 1586, having written his own justly famous elegy ‘My Prime of Youth’, the young Chidiock Tichborne was executed for his part in a plot against Queen Elizabeth 1. On 18 November the brilliant Brass Fusion included my ‘Chidiock’s End’ for brass quintet in a New Music Brighton concert at All Saints in Brighton. A link to a video of the first performance is in my YouTube Channel:

Period Pieces

Pianist Yoko Ono performed my Period Pieces on Saturday 28 October at St Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea in the Adur Arts Live festival. Also in the concert were Debussy’s ‘Childrens’ Corner’ and ‘Estampes’ and Chris Gander’s  ‘Haiku for the Four Seasons’.

Child’s Play

In the 1960s Malcolm Williamson wrote a brilliant and popular song cycle on words from Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’. This year I was asked by soprano Judy Mackerras to write more songs to go with the Williamson.
• The premiere will be on Sunday November 12th at 6.00 pm at St Michael’s, Lewes and the pianist will be Howard Beach.


On 27 August there was a wonderful performance of ‘Urizen’ played by Rachel Roberts (viola) and Chris Hopkins (piano) in a typically ingenious programme at the Presteigne Festival. ‘Urizen’ was also given a brilliant performance in Brighton by Ros Hanson (viola) and Steve Carroll-Turner on 11 June!

Clarinet coffee

‘Three Cafés’ for clarinet and piano are not too difficult or too serious!
‘New York Café, Rio Café and, of course, ‘Paris Café.

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.