Sunday, 31 May 2015


Don't forget to tune in to my interview with Charlotte Green this afternoon at 4pm on Classic FM's Culture Club all about The Great War Symphony.  

The interview will feature the premiere broadcast of an excerpt from the work called Christian Soldiers.  

This track and the sheet music for it are NOW AVAILABLE as FREE DOWNLOADS!

Click here for the FREE MP3

Click here for the FREE SHEET MUSIC

And if you haven't already read it, click here for the Daily Telegraph feature about The Great War Symphony.

About The Great War Symphony 

The Great War Symphony is an epic new work from British composer, Patrick Hawes, written to commemorate the First World War.  Using text compiled from diaries, letters and other first-hand accounts, the symphony has been composed as part of the national Remember WWI project.  The symphony, for choir and orchestra, will be in four movements with each movement depicting a year of the war, to be premiered in its entirety in 2018.

We want as many people as possible to become involved in the evolution of this project, having the opportunity to participate in the genesis of The Great War Symphony and eventually the full premiere and commemorative events in 2018.  The first part of this process is the release of the FREE DOWNLOADS detailed above.

If you would like to stay in touch with the progress of The Great War Symphony, please sign up to our newsletter.  

And don't forget, if you do perform Christian Soldiers or would like/intend to, please let us know!

Friday, 29 May 2015


Tickets are now on sale for a special concert in the heart of the Norfolk Broads on 11th July 2015.  

The concert, Water Music for a Summer's Evening, will feature the World Premiere of my new work specially commissioned to mark the centenary of the Norfolk Wherry White Moth.  I will be conducting an evening of English music for choir and strings inspired by water, including works by Handel and Orlando Gibbons.

All proceeds from the concert will be going to the Wherry Yacht Charter charity.

Box Office now open: Online or Telephone 01603 63000

And why not follow news about the concert on Facebook.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


It was great to be in the Classic FM studios again today to talk to Charlotte Green all about The Great War Symphony.  

The broadcast will go out on her Culture Club programme this Sunday and will feature the premiere broadcast of an excerpt from the work called Christian Soldiers.  This track and the sheet music for it will also be available as FREE DOWNLOADS available after the interview.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Really pleased to see my new a cappella work Psalm 91 for SATB choir and SATB quartet in print. 

It has been commissioned by the Lancaster Chorale, Ohio, USA to mark the retirement of the Artistic Director Bob Trocchia.  I had the pleasure of working with Bob and the chorale in 2011 when they commissioned the Te Deum from me and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the premiere in the USA.

This new work which uses words from Psalm 91 will be premiered by the chorale in October 2015.

Friday, 8 May 2015


CLICK HERE to see great behind the scenes footage posted by the English Session Orchestra from this week's recording with Alex James. 

It is the strings section recording my new arrangement of Praeludium from Grieg's Holberg Suite - amazing!  Alex James is in the foreground (back to camera) and we're recording in his barn.

And this is a photo of the whole team, including, on the left, Alex James, me, Sarah Pickering from Sony and our fantastic engineer Steve Price, and then the brilliant English Session Orchestra players.