Saturday 2nd October 2.30 pm Pianist Karen Kingsley includied my Marcel Morceaux in her New Music Brighton concert at the Friends’ Meeting house in Brighton. Marcel Morceaux are three pieces written in memory of the great mime artist Marcel Marceaux. Karen Kingsley also played works by Benjamin Britten and New Music Brighton composers.
Edward Thomas’s poem ‘The Bridge’ begins ‘I have come a long way today: On a strange bridge alone …’. Some years ago I set three of his poems for voice with flute, viola and harp (‘The Unknown Bird’). I have now added a second cycle of three songs, this time with piano: ‘The Bridge’, ‘Will you Come?’ and ‘For These’.
‘For These’ was written in 1915 in the same month he enlisted. He was killed by a shell, aged 39, at Arras in 1917.
On June 21st, the wonderful Siân Philipps played my ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Cortège?’ for violin and piano in Brighton. Both pieces are reflections on poems by García Lorca. She also played works by Vaughan Williams, Sally Beamish and Egon Wellesz. The concert was part of the Brighton Fringe. Both pieces will be played again in September (also in Brighton) by Ellie Blackshaw and Yoko Ono.
Happily, the concert including my three ‘Marcel Morceaux’ which pianist Karen Kingsley had to cancel in June has now been rescheduled to Saturday 2nd October.The event includes works by Benjamin Britten and pieces by several members of New Music Brighton. It will be at the Friends’ Meeting House in Brighton at 2.30 pm.
Last year I wrote four pieces for keyboard in the form of a baroque suite (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue).
I have now recomposed them for string trio. You can hear the Sarabande in Soundcloud.
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.