Monday, 29 June 2015


It was a real pleasure to be speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk's Anthony Isaacs this Sunday morning about writing The Great War Symphony.  A really interesting interview giving a glimpse into the creative journey I'm on.

If you missed it or want to listen again visit the BBC iPlayer and scroll to 2:43:12 for the relevant part.  

And don't forget you can still download the FREE MP3 of the taster track Christian Soldiers and the FREE SHEET MUSIC!

Friday, 19 June 2015


Tickets are now on sale for the LONDON PREMIERE of 
Eventide: In Memoriam Edith Cavell.

Tickets £18

The work honours the heroism of Edith Cavell, a nurse celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides in World War I without discrimination.  The London concert is to be deeply poignant since the performance will take place exactly 100 years to the day after her death by a German firing squad in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium.

The concert will feature the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Addison Singers under the baton of David Wordsworth.  Tiffin Boys Choir will provide the semi-chorus singing the haunting melody of the well-known hymn Abide with Me which permeates the whole work, and are the last words Cavell recited with her chaplain hours before her execution.

Click here to see the BBC's feature ahead of the World Premiere in Norwich Cathedral last year.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015



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 a FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD of an excerpt from the work - Christian Soldiers and FREE SHEET MUSIC for performance.  Patrick has created versions of Christian Soldiers for Orchestra, SATB choir & Organ and another for Brass Band, all available to download for free using the links below.  

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