Jason Hawkins ALCM LRSM MusB(Hons) PGCE works as a full-time Freelance Musician , Writer and Educator and is 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.
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. In 2020, Jason starting recordinhg
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. 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 teaches the Piano, Organ and Music Theory throughout Yorkshire at leading educational institutions and owns a thriving 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 and mental health settings. Jason is currently a Trustee for Ramsbottom Music 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.
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.
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