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After wonderful concerto recording sessions with CBSO, the 'Sea-god' project moves onto its final stages - funding still needed! (See below...)

The second stage of the 'Voyage of a Sea-god'  has now been completed - concerto recording sessions with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra took place on 3rd and 4th September. Bassoon concertos by Villa-Lobos, Andrzej Panufnik and Elizabeth Maconchy were recorded with conductor William Goodchild. The Maconchy Concertino, written in 1952, has now received its first ever commercial recording.

See a short sample of the Villa-Lobos recording session below
(by kind permission of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - thanks to Clare Glenister for the video)

Click HERE to go directly to the project webpage - take a good look at this exciting and unique recording project featuring the bassoon!


Sir Mark Elder, Gavin Henderson, Brian Kay, Roger Birnstingl, Andrew Keener and Professor Raymond Tallis


A chance to invest in this special project...


RVW Trust grant for the 'Sea-god' project

This Trust, founded by the great British composer Vaughan-Williams, has given financial support towards this Hyperion recording project, which includes the Concertino by Elizabeth Maconchy who was a pupil of Vaughan-Williams. Sincere thanks to the RVW Trust for their generosity and support for this project.

Wind Serenades

New wind chamber music dates for 2020 just announced - bookings are open now! Click HERE for more details about one of Britain's most popular series of courses!

Forthcoming concerts and other events



Two performances of 'Bassoon Voyager' - click HERE for details of programme.
Friday 20th September
 at 7.30pm at St. Barnabas Church, Carlisle

Saturday 21st September at 6pm at Patterdale Church, Cumbria
Admission at the door (for both events) - refreshments will be served.


Recent concerts and events:

2nd October 2018: Recital at Bradford Cathedral, with Alex Berry (piano)
4th October 2018: Performance with members of the Carducci Quartet in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
7th October 2018: Recital with Finghin Collins (piano) in Cuenca Chamber Music Festival, Spain
Recitals by Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Michael Hancock (piano)
Programme including music by Saint-Saens, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
19th February: Boston Concert Club (Lincolnshire)
23rd February: Yatton Music Society (Somerset)
27th April: Handel 'Musick for the Royal Fireworks' conducted by Laurence Perkins, at the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London - an event for the British Double Reed Society.
28th April:  Maelor Music Society (near Wrexham) - Cuillin Sound wind quartet concert
1st May: Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire: trio concert - John Anderson (oboe), Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Yoshiko Endo (piano), including the Trio by Geoffrey Bush.
12th June: 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).
10th July at Higham Hall, Cumbria: Chamber music concert with Philippa Davies (flute), Colin Honour (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon) and Jan Willem Nelleke (piano).

3rd / 4th September: Concerto recording sessions with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as part of the 'Voyage of a Sea-god' project


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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.

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"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

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