John Hopkins is Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Faculty of Music, and also a Fellow and Director of Studies for 3rd Year students at Homerton College. Among my first musical promptings were the guitars of Hank Marvin and later Keith Richards, balanced by an unlikely membership of a parish church choir, where I sang successively as a treble, a tenor and finally as a bass. I studied for both my B.Mus and M.Mus at University College Cardiff, where my teachers included David Wynne, Alun Hoddinott and Arnold Whittall. Composition studies were also pursued with Peter Maxwell Davies at the Dartington Summer Schools and privately with Nicholas Maw. Read my full biography here.
The Music of John Hopkins
Olivia Robinson and University Ensemble
Conducted by Robin Browning
The journey from rock guitarist to respected high art music composer is not a straightforward one but that is the way John Hopkins chose to travel. Inevitably it brought with a vivid range of music metaphors and expressions which now, in full maturity colour his music thoroughly.
Ealing Abbey Choir
Conducted by Timothy Blinko
Reflection features the world famous Ealing Abbey choir in a paean of Christmas music. Professor Tim Blinko was Director of Music at Ealing Abbey for three and a half years up to August 2006, during which time he developed a repertoire of twentieth century English church music including much of his own.