'Britain - a journey to wild places'
A new and unique concept in solo concerts
devised, performed and presented by LAURENCE PERKINS
In August 2024, Laurence Perkins will be launching 'Britain - a journey to wild places' This is a new one-hour multimedia live concert, inspired by the recent BBC Television series* 'Wild Isles' with Sir David Attenborough.
The programme is a celebration of the British Isles, taking the form of a journey from Shetland to Land's End.
- One-hour live performance (no interval) of classics, traditional and new music
- A stunning range of original musical settings and natural soundscapes
- Story-telling, including legends from the places featured in the programme
- Images from the programme, projected in the concert performance area
The programme features
Shetland - the sea in Winter
MUSIC: 'The Day Dawns' (trad.)
STORY: 'The Seafarer' (excerpt) with sea soundscape
Loch Ness - a monster’s playground
MUSIC: 'The Banks of Loch Ness' (trad.)
LEGEND: The Loch Ness Monster
Bass Rock, and the Scottish Mozart
MUSIC by Thomas Erskine
STORY: Excerpt from ‘Catriona’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
From Italy to Hadrian’s Wall
MUSIC: Vivaldi: ‘Winter’ from ‘The Four Seasons’ - 2nd movement
STORY: A centurion sent from Italy to Northumberland
An Ireland free of Vikings
MUSIC: 'Brian Boru' March (trad.)
STORY: Brian Boru, High King of Ireland
Alderley Edge - a wizard’s army sleeps
MUSIC: Galliard (arr. LP): 'Alla Ciciliana - the music of magic spells'
LEGEND: The Wizard of Alderley Edge and the sleeping army
Snowdon - the world at your feet
MUSIC: 'Eryri Wen' ('White Snowdon') (trad.)
STORY: 'The Ascent of Snowdon' from the book 'Wild Wales' by George Borrow (excerpt)
Sherwood Forest - the wild woods of Robin Hood
MUSIC: William Byrd (arr. LP): 'The Woods so Wild'
LEGEND: Robin Hood
The South Downs - songs of the birds
MUSIC: George Butterworth ‘The Cuckoo’, and 'Sweet Nightingale' (trad.) with birdsong soundscape
STORY: 'Among the Ferns' by Edward Carpenter (excerpt)
Zennor - a mermaid’s deadly song
MUSIC: Judith Bailey ‘The Mermaid of Zennor’ (new work, commissioned for this concert presentation)
LEGEND: The mermaid of Zennor (near St. Ives, Cornwall)
Land’s End - the beginning of the world
MUSIC: Playford ‘The Beginning of the World’
STORY: The end is the beginning...
There may be minor amendments to the programme content before the launch in August 2024.
One of the most original live music events of recent times, this programme will be launched in August 2024, followed by extensive touring around the U.K. This will be an eco concert tour - Laurence Perkins will be travelling with bassoon and audio equipment by public transport, and the venues will be selected to be accessible by audience members on buses, trams or trains .**
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* The programme content for this live concert does not include any material from the BBC television series.
** There may be minor occasional variations in the practical arrangements for certain venues.
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