Hawkes & Son, instrument makers

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The name of Hawkes is most widely recognised through its association with that of Boosey. Prior to the formation of Boosey & Hawkes in 1930, the firm of Hawkes & Son made a relatively rapid rise to a position of both significant market share and esteem as makers of high quality brass and woodwind instruments. This article traces the history of the firm from its establishment by William Henry Hawkes, through its period as Rivière & Hawkes, up to its merger with Boosey & Co. The production of the firm is described and the firm’s innovations are discussed and evaluated.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-149
Number of pages29
JournalGalpin Society Journal
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 2015