Forthcoming concerts and events:
Wednesday 30th January:
Maelor Music Society (evening) - concert with Cuillin Sound wind quartet.
Tuesday 19th February at Boston Concert Club (Lincolnshire) and Saturday 23rd February at Yatton Music Society (Somerset):
Recital with Michael Hancock (piano), including music by Saint-Saens, Richard Rodney Bennett, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
Also in February - the first stage of recording sessions for an exciting new project for the Hyperion label. More details soon...
Recent concerts and events:
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
"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'.
BBC Radio 3 'In Tune', 8th August 2018
There was a special 20-minute feature on this popular drive-time programme, prompted by the release of the new Hyperion 'Princess and the Bear' CD. As well as playing part of the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino, they also had a live performance in the studio of excerpts from Bernstein's 'West Side Story' and a delightful miniature by the English composer Herbert Howells 'Minuet - Grace for a Fresh Egg'. You can hear the performance of the Howells Minuet - as broadcast live from the BBC studio - by clicking below. The pianist is Louisa Lam, who you can see in the photograph along with the programme presenter Sean Rafferty.
Click below to hear Herbert Howells 'Minuet - Grace for a Fresh Egg'
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.