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New release on Signum Classics

Composer Paul Reade died 25 years ago and this year marks his 80th birthday. He was well-known for his music for television such as Play School, Antiques Road Show and The Victorian Kitchen Garden series but less familiar are the wonderful works on this beautifully compiled album.

Laurence Perkins is the soloist in 'Catalonia' - Paul's last work written in 1997, the year he died. It is inspired by and reminiscent of a wonderful music festival held in the Catalan region of southern France in the 1980s. Laurence also joined bassoonist Robin O'Neill and the members of London Winds to record 'Serenata' for wind sextet, another evocative work inspired by the same festival.

With fabulous music in stunning performances by flautist Philippa Davies, soprano Pumeza Matshikiza and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robin O'Neill, this is indeed a glorious celebration of music that deserves to be really well known!

Hear the entire album on Spotify or Apple Classical

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/72s9KAC1wOhNhLd4ZxTF4a?si=UapOJ7r7TKiaZxBRDIY3Kw

APPLE CLASSICAL:
https://classical.music.apple.com/gb/album/1677598045

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Recital in Bishop Auckland

County Durham

at the Methodist Church
21 Cockton Hill Rd, Bishop Auckland DL14 6EN


Friday 2nd June at 7.30pm

 

Programme:

Charles Avison: Sonata
Trad. Scottish arr Perkins: Three Hebridean Melodies
Vaughan Williams: Studies in English Folksong
William Hurlstone: Sonata in F
Richard Walthew: Introduction and Allegro
Paul Reade: Catalonia
Elgar: Romance, Op.62
Perkins: Darkness at Derwentwater
Gilbert Vinter: The Playful Pachyderm

Tickets available at the door on the evening of the concert. This event is promoted by the Bishop Auckland Music Society.

LISTEN to audio samples of the music featured in this recital programme:

 

William Hurlstone: Sonata in F
A lovely example of fine English music from around 1900

Richard Walthew: Introduction and Allegro
Also from 1900 - this is the piece that begins the 'Voyage of a Sea-god' journey through the 20th century

Elgar: Romance
Originally for bassoon and orchestra (as heard in this sample), the piano version is by the composer - very beautiful and reflective.

Gilbert Vinter: 'The Playful Pachyderm'
What a delightful tribute to an elephant! This is a real fun piece - this recording is with orchestra, but will be heard at Bishop Auckland in its original piano version.

Paul Reade: 'Catalonia'
Specially written for Laurence Perkins by the composer of 'A Victorian Kitchen Garden' and the BBC Television children's series 'Ludwig'. It's music inspired by a vibrant French music festival. Click HERE to hear the full orchestral version on Spotify - the Bishop Auckland concert will feature the composer's own piano version of this colourful music.

RECENT CONCERTS

Snowdon, as seen from Anglesey (photo by Laurence Perkins)
Snowdon, as seen from Anglesey (photo by Laurence Perkins)

"As far as the eye can see..."

Laurence Perkins  (bassoon and narrator)

An evocative music-and-words performance - a journey through the hills and mountains of Britain and Ireland in unaccompanied melody, poetry and prose. This one-hour performance (no interval) includes traditional folk melodies from the areas featured in the programme, alongside music by John Gay, George Butterworth, David Bedford and Robin Walker. The readings include poems and excerpts from John Keats, A E Housman, William Allingham, Ash Dean and William Wordsworth.

30th April 2023 at the Playhouse Studio Hub, Alnwick, Northumberland. Part of the Weekend Festival of Music promoted by Alnwick Music Society.

Spring Serenade

A concert including music by Pierné, Paul Reade, Michael Haydn, Elgar, Weber and Ravel

Laurence Perkins
(bassoon)
John Flinders (piano)

A concert for Boston Concert Club on 21st March in the Grammar School Boston, Lincolnshire

John Flinders and Laurence Perkins at Hyperion recording sessions, March 2022
John Flinders and Laurence Perkins at Hyperion recording sessions, March 2022


A celebration of the music of Paul Reade

A live concert in London, which included

'A Victorian Kitchen Garden' Suite
'Catalonia' for bassoon and piano
'Hobson's Choice' - a musical story

with
Philippa Davies (flute)
Laurence Perkins (bassoon)
Jan Willem Nelleke (piano)

Barnes Music Festival, London
Saturday 18th March

Composer Paul Reade
Composer Paul Reade
Emerson Edition cover

Weber Bassoon Concerto, Op.75

Urtext edition by Laurence Perkins was published by Emerson Edition on 15th February

Orchestral score and parts based on the 1822 autograph manuscript, with 7 pages of editorial notes.

Brand new piano reduction recreating Weber's orchestration in a pianistic realisation suitable for concert performance, examination or audition, with an Urtext solo bassoon part.

Click HERE for more details on this website.

Hear excerpts from Laurence's Hyperion recording of the Weber Bassoon Concerto, conducted by Douglas Boyd. (Click the blue 'Hyperion' link for more details)
(Recorded excerpts by kind permission of Hyperion Records Ltd.)

LP with conductor Douglas Boyd during Hyperion recording sessions.
LP with conductor Douglas Boyd during Hyperion recording sessions.

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"Perkins is a compelling advocate of the instrument"  

International Record Review

Photo: Christos Bainpakis
Photo: Christos Bainpakis

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.

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(graded courses - advanced, intermediate and elementary levels)
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