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Recent concerts and events:
Tuesday 2nd October: Recital at Bradford Cathedral, with Alex Berry (piano)
Thursday 4th October: Performance with members of the Carducci Quartet in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
Sunday 7th October: Recital with Finghin Collins (piano) in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
31st October: 'Spooky Bassoons' in Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London, including a duo concert with Anthea Wood.
"The Princess and the Bear"
No. 4 in the August 2018 Specialist Classical Charts
Released at the end of July, this Hyperion recording of the Duet-Concertino by Richard Strauss and trios by Beethoven and Glinka has won huge critical acclaim and is being featured on major radio station throughout the world. At the beginning of August, it reached No.4 in the Official Specialist Classical Chart.
"Watts does ravishing things with the great clarinet melody with which the work opens, to which Perkins responds with a gruffness that gradually broadens into deeply felt lyricism. There's plenty of wit and bravura from them both in the finale" Tim Ashley, Gramophone magazine
"the solo performances are first-rate ... Don’t overlook this gem of a recording"
"Sarah Watts' beautifully lyrical clarinet ... Laurence Perkins's balletic bassoon ... sparkling performances"
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
"Beautifully performed" Paul Driver, Sunday Times
A unique celebration of Bernstein's centenary!
Just released on CDBaby for just $2.99* is an album with four numbers from 'West Side Story' in excellent published versions for bassoon and piano - but there's a delightful twist to this recording, as it was made using the Baldwin grand piano that once belonged to Bernstein! SAMPLE it on this short video, then BUY and download it from CDBaby (click here) and support the 2018 - Year of the Bassoon project (click for details)
* roughly £2.35 or 2.65 Euros. This audio recording will also appear on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon downloads, but the prices may be higher.
BBC Radio 3 'In Tune', 8th August 2018
There was a special 20-minute feature on this popular drive-time programme, prompted by the release of the new Hyperion 'Princess and the Bear' CD. As well as playing part of the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino, they also had a live performance in the studio of excerpts from Bernstein's 'West Side Story' and a delightful miniature by the English composer Herbert Howells 'Minuet - Grace for a Fresh Egg'. You can hear the performance of the Howells Minuet - as broadcast live from the BBC studio - by clicking below. The pianist is Louisa Lam, who you can see in the photograph along with the programme presenter Sean Rafferty.
Click below to hear Herbert Howells 'Minuet - Grace for a Fresh Egg'
There will be bears around this Autumn...
Here's a real fun piece, written by Laurence Perkins - a duet for bassoon (played by Laurence) and contrabassoon (played by Tim Whittick) with tambourine accompaniment (played by Anthea Wood). This is an open access recording, you don't have to buy it to hear in complete, so sit back and enjoy the fun - this is one of many great aspects of bassoon playing - humour and enjoyment!
Click the left-hand 'play' arrow to listen to the complete recording of Bear Boogie
My sincere thanks to Tim Whittick and Anthea Wood for agreeing to make this recording for the 'Year of the Bassoon' project. Laurence and Anthea will be appearing again soon with new programmes of duo repertoire, including a phenomenal recording of music by Bach (to be released in November).
In the Year of the Bassoon, discover this amazing instrument for yourself - click HERE to see more details.
Concert programmes by Laurence Perkins:
Bassoon and piano: click>> RECITALS <<click
Bassoon and orchestra: click>> CONCERTOS <<click
Multimedia concert - live music with video: click>> BASSOON VOYAGER <<click
Music and poetry: click>> AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE... <<click
BASSOON and WIND CHAMBER MUSIC courses:
Wind chamber music in the Lake District
Hugely popular courses in a fabulous venue! The new 2019 courses are now open for applications.
click>> HIGHAM HALL <<click
Five-day BDRS residential bassoon course and Double-Reed Day in Hampshire
After the huge success of this year's course, applications are now open for the British Double Reed Society (BDRS) 2019 5-day course for oboists led by John Anderson, and for bassoon led by Laurence Perkins, between 30 April - 4 May. There are also places for oboists and bassoonists (all grades and ages) on the BDRS Double-Reed Day on Saturday 4th May.
Click HERE for more details.
This is a 12-month project to promote the bassoon, make it better known and appreciated, and in particular encourage young musicians to take up the instrument. In many parts of the world, there is a serious shortage of young bassoon players. The project includes releases of brand new recordings and professionally-made videos exploring the joys and challenges of playing the bassoon, and what makes players so enthusiastic about the instrument.
For more details about this project, click HERE