Below is a 75-second video sampler of Beautiful World . . .
(Please note: the images in this video are for illustration only, they do not form part of the concert performance)
. . . and below is a more leisurely paced audio sampler
Beautiful World is an inspiring one-hour musical journey around the world, featuring the expressive and versatile sound of the solo bassoon. Join UK soloist Laurence Perkins in an evocative musical exploration which includes a Scottish mountain, the English Malvern hills, a Serenade from Mexico, Latin American tango, a beautiful flower from the Far East, a lively dance inspired by folk music from Crete, a train journey from Vienna, a love song in Italy, and the high Alpine pastures of Switzerland. This unique concert features wonderful and highly original musical settings, plus natural soundscapes including birdsong and the sound of the sea. The programme also includes the legendary voice of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso in a famous Donizetti aria, and 'Blow the Wind Southerly' - Laurence's new pre-Christmas single (hear the sample below).
Your health and safety is top priority! This live concert performance follows COVID Government regulations, with socially distanced audience - single seats, and ‘bubbles’ of two or three people, so you can sit with a partner or other members of your household. (More details below)
Free souvenir programme and CD with every on-line booking!
Collect these at the Welcome Desk when you arrive at the concert.
Help Musicians There will be a cash collection at each Beautiful World performance for Help Musicians (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) who are currently offering vital support to thousands of musicians who have lost all their concert work as a result of the pandemic.
Registered charity No. 228089
Bringing live concerts back into our lives...
"One thing that remains clear is just how important live music is for so many of us"
Katie Derham, BBC Proms, September 2020
Beautiful World will not appear on-line. It is a real concert, bringing inspiring live musical performance back into communities large and small throughout the country, with that special uplifting quality that only live music-making can achieve.
Beautiful World UK concert tour
Monday 14th December 2020
Emmanuel Church, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR
Tickets for this Manchester concert will be available on-line from Wednesday 2nd December, assuming that the national lockdown ends on that day. Use the Ticket Source button below to book your seat(s) from that day onwards.
Thursday 4th February 2021
at 4.30pm and 6.30pm
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, London NW1 1UL
Tickets now on sale! Use the Ticket Source button (below) to make your booking - seat availability is limited, so book now!
Single seats, and 'bubbles' of two or three people (must be from the same household) are available.
This is a special price set to be affordable to as many people as possible during these difficult times, whilst still covering the essential expenses for promoting this live concert tour.
Seat allocation / social distancing
Tickets are available for single seats, or in 'bubbles' of two or three people. Social distancing means that availability is limited, so book now! (Only one household per 'bubble'). Tickets are sold in advance on-line via TicketSource - click this link or the 'BOOK NOW' button to go directly to the concerts page. Your name and contact details will be kept for the purposes of Track and Trace, in accordance with Government regulations.
Cancellation of event
If any Beautiful World performance is cancelled as a result of Government COVID regulations at that time, you will receive a refund of your ticket payment.
Changes of details
These are challenging and often unpredictable times, and it may be necessary to change details with little or no notice. All ticket bookings are made on this basis.
Other UK venues
More Beautiful World performances for 2021 are planned, including concerts in Bedford, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, East Anglia, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, the Greater London area, Poole (Dorset), Nantwich (Cheshire), Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Sussex, Totnes (Devon), West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire - also in Wales, and in Scotland at Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Perthshire. Regular updates will appear on this webpage. If you live in an area where this event may be of interest please contact Laurence Perkins directly using the website CONTACT form (click this link).
Blow the Wind Southerly
- a worldwide anthem for a better future
LISTEN to a short sample of this new single - be transported into a magical world!
HEAR this as part of the live Beautiful World concert programme.
Please note: the concert version of Blow the Wind Southerly varies slightly from this recorded version.
Health and safety at Beautiful World concerts
(These details may change without notice, according to current Government regulations)
Arrival for the concert
When you arrive, you will be required to have a temperature test using a contactless infra-red thermometer provided for this purpose. If your temperature is not within the guidelines, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a recent change in sense of smell or taste), you will not be admitted into the concert. No refund will be payable in these circumstances. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the Welcome Desk, and you will be expected to follow any one-way system and other Covid precautions set up by the venue. A record of your name and contact details will be kept for Track and Trace purposes.
During the concert
All audience members will be socially distanced when seated. When moving around the building, face masks must be worn. The seating layout will be socially distanced into ‘bubbles’ or single seats, and the performer will be located at least two metres from the nearest seated audience member during the performance.
After the performance
When the performance is finished, you will be invited to leave the building as soon as possible, following any one-way system set up by the venue.
Arrangements for disabled and vulnerable people
All special arrangements for disabled and vulnerable people will be in accordance with the practices and systems normally used and in place at that venue.