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Perkins, Laurence (bassoon)

Laurence Perkins (bassoon)

Laurence Perkins was born near Liverpool in 1954, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Charles Cracknell, Principal Bassoonist in the Hallé Orchestra. In 1974 Laurence joined Manchester Camerata as Principal Bassoonist, a post which he holds to this day. Laurence has given many recitals throughout Britain and Europe with pianist Michael Hancock, including concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. This duo recorded an award-winning album for Hyperion in 1982 called ‘L’après-midi d’un dinosaur’.

In 1990 Laurence and the Manchester Camerata conducted by Sir Charles Groves recorded ‘Serenade for Susan’ – a musical tribute to Laurence’s wife Susan who played bassoon with him in the orchestra for five years until her death in 1989 at the age of 33, following a six-month fight with cancer. His overseas concerts with Camerata include performances in France, Germany, Norway, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, and he has given solo performances with orchestras in Belarus, Ukraine and Portugal.

His recent venture is a solo music-and-words concert presentation ‘As far as the eye can see’, a journey through the hills and mountains of Britain and Ireland in unaccompanied melody and classic poetry and prose. His other activities and interests include walking in remote areas, landscape photography, and musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients. Laurence Perkins’ bassoon is by G H Hüller, made in 1967.

'Bassoon Concertos' (CDA67288)
Bassoon Concertos
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'L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur' (CDH88035)
L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur
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'The Playful Pachyderm' (CDA67453)
The Playful Pachyderm
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Little Waltz  No 2 of Four sketches (Jacob)
A Peaceful Piece  No 1 of Four sketches (Jacob)
Allegro spiritoso (Senaillé/Perkins)
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35 (Weber)
As I walked over London Bridge  No 4 of Four Studies in English Folk-song (Vaughan Williams/Stanton)
Ballade: Moderato, ma sempre a piacere  Movement 2 of Bassoon Sonata in F (Hurlstone)
Bassoon Concertino in B flat major, Perger 52/5 (Haydn)
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191 K186e (Mozart)
Bassoon Concerto in F major (Stamitz)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75 (Weber)
Bassoon Sonata in F (Hurlstone)
Bassoon Sonata in G major, Op 168 (Saint-Saëns)
Bonny at morn (Anon/Perkins)
Carignane (Ibert)
Der alte Brummbär 'The old grumbler' 'Polka', Op 210 (Fučik/Perkins)
Four sketches (Jacob)
Four Studies in English Folk-song (Vaughan Williams/Stanton)
Gånglåt fran Äppelbo (Anon/Perkins)
L'après-midi d'un dinosaur  No 3 of Four sketches (Jacob)
Lucy Long 'Song, with original variations' (Godfrey)
Marche funèbre d'une marionnette (Gounod/Perkins)
Mein Teddybär 'My teddy bear, Polka' (Ganglberger)
Mist-covered mountains (Anon/Perkins)
Pièce (Fauré/Perkins)
Pièce en forme de habanera (Ravel/Hoérée)
Polka  No 4 of Four sketches (Jacob)
Romance, Op 62 (Elgar)
She borrowed some of her mother's gold  No 3 of Four Studies in English Folk-song (Vaughan Williams/Stanton)
Solo de concert, Op 35 (Pierné)
Spurn Point  No 1 of Four Studies in English Folk-song (Vaughan Williams/Stanton)
The Bassoon 'Humorous Song' (Ashlyn/Perkins)
The Carnival 'Fantasia' (Hume/Perkins)
The Playful Pachyderm (Vinter/Perkins)
Van Dieman's Land  No 2 of Four Studies in English Folk-song (Vaughan Williams/Stanton)
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