Born in Lincolnshire, Patrick Hawes is an English composer who, having made his mark as a torchbearer of the English musical tradition of Vaughan Williams and Delius, has recently emerged as one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers.
He first came to public recognition in 2002 with the release of his debut album Blue in Blue. This was made 'CD of the Week' on Classic FM, and was nominated for a Classical Brit award. It was also voted by Classic FM listeners as the fastest ever and highest new entry into the station’s Hall of Fame and Patrick consequently became the Classic FM Composer in Residence from 2006-7.
In 2010 he composed the Highgrove Suite for HRH The Prince of Wales which was premiered at Highgrove House by the Philharmonia. In recent years he has worked with some of the country’s finest musicians and in 2013 signed a three-album record deal with Decca Records. The first of these albums is released in March 2014. Entitled Angel it features the Choir of New College Oxford, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as guest soloists.
Patrick is currently working on two large-scale works to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The first is The Angel of Mons and the second is a work based on the life and death of nurse Edith Cavell.
For up to date details on Patrick’s work visit www.patrickhawes.com.