John Hawkins, born in 1949, studied composition with Elisabeth Lutyens and Malcolm Williamson. Broadcasts include 'A Sea Symphony' (BBC Scottish), part of a trilogy of sea pieces. 'Voices from the Sea' is available on Meridian's CDE 84496 'John Hawkins - Voices from the Sea and other pieces'. 'This World' for choir and two trumpets, based on words by William Blake was broadcast by the BBC Singers. Also based on Blake’s ideas are 'Urizen' for viola and 'Fuzon' for string quartet. 'Urizen' has been performed many times worldwide in versions both with piano and with chamber orchestra – it can be seen in several performances on YouTube.
As well as being a composer, John is responsible for digital publishing at the book publishers Thames & Hudson in London.