Laurence Perkins

Tutor in Bassoon



Tutor in Bassoon

Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known bassoonists through his concert performances and numerous solo and orchestral recordings on CD. He was Principal Bassoonist with Manchester Camerata between 1974 and 2017, with whom he toured extensively in Europe, Japan and the Far East, Australia and around the UK including performances at the BBC Proms.

Laurence is a bassoon soloist for the world-famous Hyperion record label. His recordings include a concerto album (Mozart, Weber, Stamitz, Michael Haydn) which received a five-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine, with the Mozart Concerto being a top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme. ‘The Playful Pachyderm’ (with the New London Orchestra) also received outstanding critical acclaim in the national and international press, and a recent album of the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino plus trios by Beethoven and Glinka reached No. 4 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts in August 2018. His latest Hyperion recording project is an anthology of 20th century solo bassoon music, including world première recordings of works by major British composers. Due for release towards the end of 2020, this will include concerto performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and chamber works with the Carducci String Quartet.

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 continues to give solo concerts throughout the UK and beyond, which include performances using multimedia technology with video and soundscapes. Laurence also runs the Wind Serenades chamber music courses throughout the UK and has been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many of the leading summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas. His educational work includes a major nationwide project in Autumn 2015 to promote the bassoon to young musicians, and ‘2018 – Year of the Bassoon’ – a 12-month project with the aim of increasing the profile and awareness of the bassoon and its rich and varied repertoire. His other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients and landscape photography. Laurence is an RNCM alumnus. You can keep in touch with him via Facebook and Twitter – both are used exclusively for musical matters only.

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