Bassoon Inspiration Project

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Bassoon Inspired

A special project created by Laurence Perkins during the Covid19 crisis - 61 daily audio and video mini-programmes between 1st April and 31st May 2020, featuring the bassoon in inspiring and wide-ranging music. Available on-line via this webpage free of charge, with no restrictions or log-in.

Photo: Christos Bainpakis
Photo: Christos Bainpakis

A message from Laurence:

Thanks for your interest in this Bassoon Inspired project and my musical offerings!

What is this project about?  I firmly believe in the power of music and the arts as a life-force that can provide positive energies and emotional support in challenging situations. I also share with millions of others the first-hand experience of the healing and therapeutic qualities of music, something that has been recognised for many hundreds (or even thousands) of years in human societies.

Music education  Now - more than ever before - is the time to understand the importance of music and the arts in schools, which of course is where the understanding and appreciation begins. One of my hopes at this difficult time is that a heightened recognition of the true value of music and the arts will emerge. We need much more commitment at government and local authority administrative levels, with the introduction of a proper, substantial, consistent and on-going presence of music and the arts as an important subject in every school. Children deserve the chance to explore the vast and exciting range of genres and styles from many different cultures. Most of my performer colleagues are involved in music education work, and many have specialist areas of interest, so collectively - with our diverse enthusiasms and expertise - we can offer multicultural inspiration to many new generations of children. Music is not elitist, the arts are not for a select or privileged few - they are for each and every one of us, to share as valuable and enriching ingredients in our lives.

Can you help in my contribution to this work?

If you browse the other pages on this website and my various Facebook posts (click HERE to see my Facebook page - FB friend requests are most welcome!), you will see my on-going commitment to music education at all levels, from the youngest children at primary schools to adult workshops at all levels, helping everyone to discover what has enriched my own life so much - the sheer joy of making music and sharing it with others.

PayPal Donation button  If you feel able to, a contribution towards this work (via the PayPal button below, for any amount) would help enormously at this time when all work and income for just about everyone in the arts has totally dried up. A donation would enable me to cover the costs of setting up this 61-programme project, and help me to continue and develop the work I have been doing. Of course, virtually everyone is challenged in this way at the moment, but if you feel you can support with any amount you can spare, that will enable me to continue with my contribution to this work when the present crisis is over.

Thank you so much!

COPYRIGHT: The audio recordings, videos and photographs on this webpage are strictly copyright. They should not be copied, reproduced, broadcast or distributed in any way. If you are interested in any of the works featured in this on-line project, please contact Laurence Perkins directly via the CONTACT form (click this link). Thank you!

Programme 8 - Wednesday 8th April

A brief trip north of the border (audio)

Scottish inspiration, including Loch Ness and Fingal's Cave

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Fingal's Cave, on the Hebridean island of Staffa (photo by Laurence Perkins)
Fingal's Cave, on the Hebridean island of Staffa (photo by Laurence Perkins)

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Programme 7 - Tuesday 7th April

"Water parted from the sea..." (audio)

Three contrasting baroque pieces from the 18th century

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Beach near Scarborough (photo by Laurence Perkins)
Beach near Scarborough (photo by Laurence Perkins)

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Programme 6 - Monday 6th April

Mr Bumble takes a wife (audio)

Characterful music inspired by Charles Dickens

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Thanks to Harriet Berry for this sketch of Mr Bumble
Thanks to Harriet Berry for this sketch of Mr Bumble

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Programme 5 - Sunday 5th April

Two baroque Arias - night and morning (audio soundscape)

Music recorded outdoors in a beautiful woodland location

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Night becomes morning in a woodland setting in the south of France (photo by Laurence Perkins)
Night becomes morning in a woodland setting in the south of France (photo by Laurence Perkins)

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Programme 4 - Saturday 4th April

'Full many a glorious morning',  and 'The Lark in the Morn' (audio)

Celebrating the beauty of nature in music and poetry.

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Sunrise in west Shropshire, near the Welsh border (photo by Laurence Perkins)
Sunrise in west Shropshire, near the Welsh border (photo by Laurence Perkins)

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Programme 3 - Friday 3rd April

Caprice,  and 'The Bassoon' (audio)

Some fun as we head towards the weekend!

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Front cover of the original Victorian publication
Front cover of the original Victorian publication

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Programme 2 - Thursday 2nd April

'Blow the Wind Southerly'  and an Impromptu (audio)

Reflective music - a traditional English melody, and Ukrainian romanticism

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The North Sea, viewed from the Northumberland coast (photo: Laurence Perkins)
The North Sea, viewed from the Northumberland coast (photo: Laurence Perkins)

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Programme 1 - Wednesday 1st April

Bassoon Anthem (audio)

An upbeat launch to this new on-line series!

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Massed bassoons outside the Royal Albert Hall, London, on International Bassoon Day, 11th October 2015 (photo by John Durham)
Massed bassoons outside the Royal Albert Hall, London, on International Bassoon Day, 11th October 2015 (photo by John Durham)

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