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'Bassoon Inspired'

New compilation programmes featuring tracks from the 61-programme series - free to listen to (no log-in required), just sit back and enjoy a wide range of inspiring music featuring the fantastic versatility of the bassoon!

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A new single
now available on most streaming services

'Sunrise and New Beginning' is the soundtrack to the video which formed the the final programme in the Bassoon Inspired on-line series. You can see this video by clicking HERE to go directly to the 'Inspiration' webpage. The music is my original composition, created during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

The first sequence - 'Sunrise' - leads us from the worldwide darkness we've all experienced into a new dawning of light and hope for the future. The second part is 'New Beginning' - a joyful, optimistic celebration of that future, featuring a popular 16th century dance tune "The Beginning of the World".

'Sunrise and New Beginning' is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and most of the major streaming services. 

See and hear the 'Sunrise and New Beginning' video here

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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.

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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