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Solo bassoonist, solo CD for Hyperion label, orchestral and chamber musician, bassoon tutor at RNCM Manchester, conductor and ensemble tutor
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Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known solo bassoonists through his concert performances and a highly successful series of solo recordings for the Hyperion label.. As principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata, he made a solo CD for Hyperion of concertos by Mozart and Weber conducted by Douglas Boyd 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. Other solo recordings for Hyperion include 'The Playful Pachyderm' with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp, and the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino plus trios by Beethoven and Glinka, which reached No. 4 in the UK Classical Charts in August 2018. A new Hyperion 2-CD recording project, 'Voyage of a Sea-god' is scheduled for release in Spring 2021. 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. Recitals and chamber concerts overseas have included France, Spain, Portugal, The Azores Islands, Prague, Minsk, Kiev and Nairobi. As a chamber music player, he has worked with some of the world's top musicians, including flautist Philippa Davies, oboist John Anderson, clarinettist Janet Hilton, horn player Susan Dent and pianists Imogen Cooper and Martin Roscoe. Laurence is a bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and bassoon tutor at the University of York. His educational work has included major national and international projects to promote the bassoon to young musicians - a UK project in Autumn 2015 included 35 solo concerts and presentations around the UK. Laurence has a great enthusiasm for working with amateur musicians - since 2001 he has organised and tutored Wind Serenades chamber music courses throughout the UK, including a regular series of three courses per year at Higham Hall in the English Lake District. He has been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Malvern, Aberystwyth, Sherborne, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France. His other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients and landscape photography.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Renaissance
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Event types:
Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Private event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

CONCERTOS with orchestra
DAVID, Ferdinand: Concertino
ELGAR: Romance, Op.62
HAYDN, Michael: Concertino
MACONCHY, Elizabeth: Concertino
MOZART: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, KV 191
PANUFNIK, Andrzej: Bassoon Concerto
STAMITZ, Carl: Bassoon Concerto in F
VILLA-LOBOS: 'Ciranda das Sete Notas'
VIVALDI: Concerto in B flat ‘La Notte’
WEBER: Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op.75
WEBER: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op.35
SOLO WORKS with piano
BENNETTt, Richard Rodney: Sonata
BERNSTEIN, Leonard: Suite from West Side Story
COOKE, Arnold: Sonata
DUTILLEUX, Henri: Sarabande et Cortège
ELGAR: Sir Edward: Romance, Op.62 (the composer's own version for bassoon and piano)
GALLIARD, Johann Ernst: Six Sonatas
GERSHWIN, George: A Gershwin Rhapsody
GOUNOD: Marche Funèbre d'un Marionette (the Alfred Hitchcock theme)
GROVLEZ: Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso
HINDEMITH, Paul: Sonata
HURLSTONE, William: Sonata in F
IBERT, Jacques: ‘Carignane’
RAVEL, Maurice: ‘Pièce en forme de Habañera’
Ridout, Alan: ‘Caliban and Ariel’ (unaccompanied bassoon)
SAINT-SAENS: Sonata, Op.168
TELEMANN, Georg Philipp: Sonata in F minor
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS, Ralph: Studies in English Folksong
VINTER, Gilbert: 'Reverie' and ‘The Playful Pachyderm’
WEBER: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op.35 (version for bassoon and piano)
"As far as the eye can see..." - a sequence of music (performed live, unaccompanied) with classic poetry and prose, exploring the hills and mountains of Britain and Ireland.
MUSIC and VIDEO PROJECTION (multimedia - requires projection facilities in venue)
'Bassoon Voyager' - a musical journey to beautiful places, with live solo bassoon music plus audio soundscapes.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The special sound of the bassoon, and a wide range of fine, imaginative music. Some of it is familiar, other pieces are new to many listeners, but the presentation and music is always accessible, giving as wide, enjoyable and unusual a concert experience as possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

LONDON: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Johns Smith Square, Guildhall School of Music, Royal College of Music. UK: MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall, RNCM BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall EDINBURGH Usher Hall LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Hall SPAIN Cuenca Festival FRANCE Cucugnan Festival PRAGUE House of the Stone Bell AUSTRALIA Barossa Va

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

A wide range of fine woodwind players and other great classical musicians

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

SOLO Live performances at the Purcell Room and St John's Smith Square in London, for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and for Granada Television. ORCHESTRAL BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London, and with the Moscow Virtuosi at the Edinburgh Festival (Usher Hall). CHAMBER: Camerata Wind Soloists led by Janet Hilton at the Wigmore Hall, London.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I can usually be flexible - this depends on the change!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

3-4 hours - set-up and rehearsal

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

You can select certain specific items for a concert programme, but not if the concert is a set programme (such as 'Bassoon Voyager' with video)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I bring the bassoon and music stand, but not a piano. Programmes requiring video and audio equipment will need in-house equipment at the performance venue.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Possibly, by arrangement well in advance.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£750
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£850
Up to 3 hours£950


From customers:

The S, 13 years ago

"the indefatigable Perkins has assembled some genuine rarities for our delight"

Fanfare, U, 13 years ago

"His beautiful sound and effortless dexterity all work towards making the music gently caress the ear"

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