Patrick Hawes is an English composer, best known for his Highgrove Suite, written for HRH Prince Charles, as well as the beautiful piece for soprano, chorus and orchestra, ‘Quanta Qualia’. A former Composer in Residence at Classic FM, Hawes was the highest new entry in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2019 with his monumental choral composition, The Great War Symphony.
Among others, he has written for The King’s Singers, Voces8, the Choir of New College Oxford, Julian Lloyd Webber, and orchestras including the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic. His vast and varied catalogue encompasses everything from small-scale piano and chamber works to full-scale symphonies and large choral works. Most recently, he has written and recorded The Great War Symphony as part of the official commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War. Upon its release, the recording immediately entered the classical charts at No. 1 where it remained for several weeks. It received its World Premiere performance in October 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed a month later by the US Premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall.