About Manchester Camerata
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 in the UK have included the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, Dartington International Summer School, and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Laurence is a bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and bassoon tutor at the University of Nottingham. His educational work has included 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. Laurence is also heavily involved in working with amateur musicians - since 2001 he has organised and tutored Wind Serenades chamber music courses throughout the UK. 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. Laurence is an RNCM alumnus.