Laurence Perkins

Tutor in Bassoon



Tutor in Bassoon and Contrabassoon

Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known solo bassoonists through his concert performances and numerous solo and orchestral recordings on CD. He is Principal Bassoonist with Manchester Camerata, with whom he has made numerous solo and orchestral CDs, including concertos by Mozart and Weber conducted by Douglas Boyd (for Hyperion) which received a five-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine, with the Mozart Concerto being a top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme. Another Hyperion CD, The Playful Pachyderm (with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp) has also received outstanding critical acclaim in the national and international press, and a new CD of trios by Beethoven and Glinka, alongside the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino, will be released by Hyperion in 2016.

His solo recitals have included the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, Dartington International Summer School, and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He is a member of ‘Cuillin Sound’ wind trio, with Dana Morgan (flute) and Sarah Watts (clarinet / bass clarinet), who jointly run Malvern Winds, one of the UK’s most popular wind chamber music courses. Laurence also runs the Wind Serenades chamber music courses throughout the UK, and has been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Aberystwyth, Sherborne, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France. His educational work includes a major nationwide project in Autumn 2015 to promote the bassoon to young musicians, with more than 50 solo concerts and presentations around the UK. His other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients and landscape photography. Laurence is an RNCM alumnus.