A busy start to 2020, with Hyperion recording sessions this week...
This is the final stage of the 'Voyage of a Sea-god' project for the Hyperion label, exploring 100 years of music for bassoon throughout the 20th century. Music for bassoon and piano (with pianist Michael Hancock) was recorded in February last year, followed by concerto sessions with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in September.
This week's sessions feature chamber works by Arnold Bax and Gordon Jacob with the Carducci String Quartet and friends - also, bassoon ensembles by Prokofiev, William Schuman and Granville Bantock, plus unaccompanied works by Alan Ridout and David Bedford.
The Bantock, Schuman, Ridout and Bedford works will all be world première recordings. For further details of this recording project, click HERE to go to the 'Sea-god' webpage.
Click HERE to go directly to the project webpage - take a good look at this exciting and unique recording project featuring the bassoon!
See TESTIMONIALS from
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.
Recent concerts and other 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
Two performances of 'Bassoon Voyager' - click HERE for details of programme.
20th September at St. Barnabas Church, Carlisle
21st September at Patterdale Church, Cumbria
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