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’Summertime’ - an evocative 45-minute LIVE concert including inspiring music by Gershwin, Paul Reade (Catalonia), Robin Walker (English Lake District), Albéniz (Granada) and Leonard Bernstein (‘West Side Story’), plus beautiful folk melodies from the Scottish Hebridean islands.

This is a FREE concert (donations welcome). Join Laurence Perkins and Alex Berry in this magical 45-minute programme:

Friday 11th June at 11am
Bradford Cathedral
West Yorkshire BD1 4EH

Admission is free, but you are advised to book your place on-line (places are limited with social distancing):

CLICK HERE to book your free place!

Here's a 2-minute sampler - click below to listen, then come and hear this music LIVE in the fabulous surrounding and acoustic of the Cathedral in Bradford.

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Laurence Perkins and Alex Berry
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Book now for this LIVE concert in central London

Live music at last - and a magical one-hour musical journey to beautiful parts of the world. This unique programme offers the wonderful sound of the solo bassoon with evocative backings and natural soundscapes.

Central London (St Pancras Old Church) - two concert performances on Monday 21st June at 4.30pm and 6.30pm

Celebrate the first day of Summer and the end of restrictions*! For further details and video sampler, click HERE to go to the Beautiful World webpage.

* Subject to Government regulations 

Take a trip to Venice, the Austrian Tyrol or the Scottish Hebridean islands
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Based in Manchester, U.K., Laurence Perkins is one of Britain's leading bassoonists. As a soloist, principal orchestral player and as a tutor, he is a tireless champion of an instrument which to this day is less well-known and appreciated than it deserves to be. With an extensive catalogue of solo recordings, a vast number of solo recital and concerto performances, and numerous education projects (national and international) promoting the bassoon, Laurence is continuing this work with new recordings, imaginative concert programmes and innovative projects.

Take a quick tour of some of Laurence's performances
and wide-ranging repertoire
(just a few seconds of each piece - click the 'play' arrow below)

Mozart: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in B flat, K.191 - 1st movement excerpt (located at 0 mins 0 secs)
with Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd (duration of excerpt: 20 seconds)
A top recommended version in 'Building a Library' on BBC Radio 3 Record Review programme

Saint-Saëns: Sonata for bassoon and piano, Op.168 - 1st movement excerpt (located at 0 mins 21 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 24 seconds)

Gilbert Vinter: The Playful Pachderm (orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 0 mins 46 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 27 seconds)

Fauré: Piéce (orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 1 mins 13 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 31 seconds)

Gounod: Marche funèbre d'une marionnette (Funeral March of a Marionette - The Hitchcock theme)
(orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 1 mins 45 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 20 seconds)

Ibert: Carignane - excerpt (located at 2 mins 06 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 33 seconds)

Senaillé: Allegro Spiritoso (arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 2 mins 39 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 41 seconds)

Pierné: Solo de Concert - excerpt (located at 3 mins 20 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 42 seconds)

Richard Strauss: Duet-Concertino - 2nd movement excerpt (located at 4 mins 03 secs)
with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Sian Edwards (duration of excerpt: 60 seconds)
No. 4 in the U.K. Specialist Classical Charts in August 2018

Ganglberger: Mein Teddybär (My Teddy Bear)- excerpt (located at 5 mins 03 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 27 seconds)

Elgar: Romance, Op.62 - excerpt (located at 5 mins 30 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 57 seconds)

Weber: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, Op.75 - excerpt (located at 6 mins 27 secs)
with Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd (duration of excerpt: 39 seconds)

 

All recorded excerpts by kind permission of Hyperion Records Ltd.

Promoting concerts? Click here to explore imaginative and accessible programmes featuring the bassoon

Bassoon and piano: click RECITALS
Bassoon and orchestra: click CONCERTOS
Multimedia concert - live music with video: click BASSOON VOYAGER
Music and poetry: click AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE...
Two bassoons (musical entertainment)  click 2BASSOONS

... or contact Laurence Perkins directly, click HERE for the Contact Form.

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Inspiring wind chamber music courses for amateur players
(graded courses - advanced, intermediate and elementary levels)
click HERE for details

Bassoon courses, events and education projects
click HERE for details

New solo recordings in preparation
click HERE for details

Wind Serenades and other courses - latest updates

Please see the relevant pages for updates on forthcoming courses - click BDRS Oboe/Bassoon course or Wind Serenades links to go to the relevant pages

 

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