Biography

Jason Hawkins MISM ALCM LRSM MusB(Hons) PGCE is an award-winning Freelance Musician , Writer and Educator based in West Yorkshire. Jason has worked for the UK’s leading arts organisations including The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, The Armonico Consort, The Exon Singers and The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). As a Pianist and Organist, Jason's performances have been broadcast on ITV, Irish TV, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Cumbria. The BBC recently featured Jason's playing as part of an upcoming documentary about Helen Fielding, the author of Bridget Jones’s Diary which is due to be released in Autumn 2020. Since 2020, Jason has produced for the independent music label Vividae Musica™.

 

Jason has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. This has included performances at major venues such as The Royal Albert Hall (London), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), The Sage Gateshead (Newcastle), Mechalan Cathedral (Belgium), The American Cathedral (Paris) and Disneyland Paris amoungst numerous others. 

Jason is in demand throughout the UK as a Choral Conductor, Choral Animateur and Musical Director working in both Classical and Musical Theatre contexts. Currently, Jason is Musically Directing 'Oliver! (Lionel Bart)' in Wakefield - the performances were delayed due to COVID-19. Recently, Jason was appointed Morley Music Society's permanent Musical Director opening their 77th Season with Mendelssohn's Elijah. Jason has held a variety of Director of Music, Organist and Choirmaster postings at large parishes within The Church of England, Church of Scotland and Methodist Circuit and is currently Organist for St Mary's Church, Woodkirk.

Jason is a fully qualified and registered teacher, alongside being a ISM Registered Private Teacher. Jason teaches the Piano, Organ and Music Theory throughout Yorkshire at a variety of schools and owns a thriving face-to-face and online private teaching practice. Numerous pupils are ABRSM Diploma Level and preparing for Conservatoire and University entrance.

 

Jason also has considerable experience working within charitable, mental health settings and works regularly with ex-offenders. Additionally, Jason is currently a Trustee for Ramsbottom Music Festival and a Committee Member for Morley Arts Festival. 

As a Composer and Sound Artist, Jason's work has delighted audiences across the UK. Jason catalog includes works for Children’s Choir, Male Voice Choir, Acapella Choir, Orchestra and Piano. Recently, Jason composed a suite of original piano music for Grade One and Two full of unexpected musical bumps, twists and turns. The Piano Wizardry™ series. These are published exclusively by MusicWings™ Publishing Ltd.

Initially, Jason studied supported by a scholarship at Chetham's School of Music receiving the Michael Abraham Piano Prize for Piano Sightreading and continued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. During this time Jason also became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM). Following the RNCM, Jason graduated from The University of Manchester in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Music, specialising in Piano and Composition. Recently, Jason became an Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM) in Music Composition and completed a PGCE in Primary Education at The University of Cumbria. Currently, Jason is studying for a MA in Education  at University College London. From October 2020, Jason will be a Doctorate student at The University of Sheffield. 

 

Jason is married to Heather and they live in Wakefield with their kitten Fudge.

Qualifications

2020 - 2025 (expected), Doctorate in Education - The University of Sheffield

2020 - Granted ISM Registered Private Teacher status  

2018 - 2020 (expected)MA, Master of Arts in Education - UCL - University College London

2018, QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), Department for Education

2018, PGCE, Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Primary Education - The University of Cumbria

2018, ALCM, Associate of the London College of Music - Music Composition

 

2014, MusB(Hons) - 1st Class - specialising in Piano Performance and Composition - The University of Manchester (Music)

 

2013, BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training

 

2011, DipHE(RNCM), specialising in Piano and Organ Performance - Royal Northern College of Music

 

2010, LRSM, Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, Piano Performance, ABRSM

 

2009, Grade 8 Music Theory, ABRSM

 

2009, Finished training (on a scholarship) at Chetham's School of Music. Piano and Clarinet.

 

2006, DipABRSM, Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Piano Performance

 

2004, Grade 8 Piano Performance, ABRSM