Forthcoming concerts and other events
Recitals by Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Michael Hancock (piano)
Programme including music by Saint-Saens, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
Tuesday 19th February at Boston Concert Club (Lincolnshire)
Saturday 23rd February at Yatton Music Society (Somerset)
Tickets at the door.
Cuillin Sound - Dana Morgan (flute), Maddy Aldis-Evans (oboe), Colin Blamey (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon)
A wind quartet programme with a Celtic theme.
Sunday 28th April - Maelor Music Society (venue near Wrexham to be confirmed - date postponed from 30th January)
Trio concert - John Anderson (oboe), Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Yoshiko Endo (piano)
A one-hour programme to include the Trio by Geoffrey Bush.
Wednesday 1st May at 8pm, Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire
Suggested donation at the door - £10
Music Festival at Cucugnan in the south of France, given by the Benyounes String Quartet, Mamie Matsuda (soprano), Mario Mora (piano), Daniel Broncano (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon) and Thierry Roggen (double bass). 8-14 June - click HERE for details.
February - the first stage of an exciting new solo recording project for the Hyperion label. More details soon...
Handel - Musick for the Royal Fireworks
Saturday 27th April at the Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, at 5.30pm - free admission
Handel's great masterpiece in a performance conducted by Laurence Perkins featuring amateur players from around the UK and beyond. This one-day event celebrates the 270th anniversary of the first performance of this famous work in Green Park, London on 27th April 1749, and is promoted by the British Double Reed Society. If you would like to play in this, click HERE to go directly to the relevant BDRS webpage - or if you just want to come and listen, the 5.30pm concert is free admission, subject to available seats in the hall.
Courses and workshops
One-day bassoon workshop - technique, reed adjustment, ensemble and solo playing, for bassoonists of all playing levels.
Sunday 14th March in Dorchester-onThames, Oxfordshire - apply at http://www.oxfordrehearsalday.org
Tuesday 30th April to Saturday 4th May
Five-day oboe and bassoon courses, plus BDRS Double Reed Day, led by John Anderson and Laurence Perkins, at Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire. For course details and on-line application form, click HERE to go directly to the relevant BDRS webpage. The tutors will be joined by pianist Yoshiko Endo for a 1-hour CONCERT on Wednesday 1st May at 8pm in the Park Place Chapel. Music will include a Trio by Geoffrey Bush.
Concerts and events in 2018 included:
2nd October: Recital at Bradford Cathedral, with Alex Berry (piano)
4th October: Performance with members of the Carducci Quartet in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
7th October: Recital with Finghin Collins (piano) in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
A musical adventure for beginner bassoonists
Continuing from the '2018 - Year of the Bassoon' project, this book is aimed specifically at young beginner bassoonists. The range of smaller instruments now is greater than ever before, with instruments pitched in G, F and C to suit all sizes so that players as young as seven years can start on the bassoon. 'Bassoon Bear' is a set of 33 solos with easy piano accompaniments, each with an imaginative title following the adventures of a bear in a forest, with musical characterisation to match each title. The early tunes are very easy (the first has just one note!) and the later tunes add notes and other musical details as the player's technique develops. To ensure that the notes are learned in the same sequence on all size instruments, the piano parts are transposed to match the size and pitch of bassoon being used.
This new book is published by Emerson Edition.
"The Princess and the Bear"
No. 4 in the August 2018 Specialist Classical Charts
Released at the end of July 2018, this delightful Hyperion recording of the Duet-Concertino by Richard Strauss and trios by Beethoven and Glinka has won huge critical acclaim.
For reviews and audio samples, please click HERE.
Looking back on '2018 - Year of the Bassoon'
This Bernstein video sampler is from a recording that formed part of a special 12-month project in 2018 focusing on the bassoon with the aim of generating more awareness and interest in the instrument, especially amongst young musicians. You can see details of the project by clicking HERE. In the meantime, treat yourself to a few moments of Bernstein bassoon, recorded using the Baldwin piano that belonged to the composer around the time that he composed 'West Side Story'.
Promoting concerts? Click here to explore imaginative and accessible programmes featuring the solo bassoon
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! Just a few 2019 courses still available, details of 2020 courses will be available soon.
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.