Jack Hawes

1916 -

Jack played the piano from the age of five and the organ from the moment his legs were long enough to reach the pedals. He was a boy chorister at St. Mary-le-Tower church, Ipswich from the age of ten and later played the cello too. Despite a thorough musical education, he pursued a career in insurance only devoting his full attention to his music in his long and very productive retirement. Sadly, Jack no longer enjoys good health and is now in a nursing home.

Jack's output includes music for full orchestra (OVERTURE - SUFFOLK SPREE, PRELUDE IN CELEBRATION, CONCERT MARCH - SPIRIT OF YOUTH) string orchestra (ROMANZA, SINFONIETTA, CONCERTINO LIRICO for flute & strings), instrumental works (BIRTHDAY BAGATELLES for oboe & piano, MINIATURE SUITE for flute & harp, THREE CHILD PORTRAITS for solo piano) and numerous vocal works for

choirs and solo voices - notably his extended (70 minutes) song cycle A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET settings of poems by Nigel Forde - story by Gottfried Keller - for soprano, baritone and piano first performed in 1994.

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