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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.

Albums

Bassoon Concertos
Studio Master: CDA67288Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
L'Après Midi d'un Dinosaur
CDH88035Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
The Playful Pachyderm
Studio Master: CDA67453Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - TRADITIONAL
Bonny at mornwith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Gånglåt fran Äppelbowith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Mist-covered mountainswith Catriona McKay (clarsach), New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
J QUENTON ASHLYN (fl1900-1900)
The Bassoon 'Humorous Song'with Richard Suart (baritone), New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
Romance, Op 62with New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Romance, Op 62with Michael Hancock (piano)
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Piècewith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
JULIUS FUČIK (1872-1916)
Der alte Brummbär 'The old grumbler' 'Polka', Op 210with New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
JOHANN WILHELM GANGLBERGER (1876-1938)
Mein Teddybär 'My teddy bear, Polka'with New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
FRED GODFREY (1837-1882)
Lucy Long 'Song, with original variations'with New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
CHARLES GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Marche funèbre d'une marionnettewith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Marche funèbre d'une marionnettewith Michael Hancock (piano)
MICHAEL HAYDN (1737-1806)
Bassoon Concertino in B flat major, Perger 52/5with Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
JAMES ORD HUME (1864-1932)
The Carnival 'Fantasia'with New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
WILLIAM HURLSTONE (1876-1906)
Bassoon Sonata in Fwith Michael Hancock (piano)
JACQUES IBERT (1890-1962)
Carignanewith Michael Hancock (piano)
GORDON JACOB (1895-1984)
Four sketcheswith Michael Hancock (piano)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191 K186ewith Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
GABRIEL PIERNÉ (1863-1937)
Solo de concert, Op 35with Michael Hancock (piano)
MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Pièce en forme de habanerawith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Bassoon Sonata in G major, Op 168with Michael Hancock (piano)
JEAN BAPTISTE SENAILLÉ (c1688-1730)
Allegro spiritosowith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Allegro spiritosowith Michael Hancock (piano)
CARL STAMITZ (1745-1801)
Bassoon Concerto in F majorwith Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Four Studies in English Folk-songwith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
GILBERT VINTER (1909-1969)
The Playful Pachydermwith New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786-1826)
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35with Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75with Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Little Waltz  
A Peaceful Piece  
Allegro spiritoso (Senaillé/Perkins)
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35 (Weber)
As I walked over London Bridge  
Ballade: Moderato, ma sempre a piacere  
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  
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  
Romance, Op 62 (Elgar)
She borrowed some of her mother's gold  
Solo de concert, Op 35 (Pierné)
Spurn Point  
The Bassoon 'Humorous Song' (Ashlyn/Perkins)
The Carnival 'Fantasia' (Hume/Perkins)
The Playful Pachyderm (Vinter/Perkins)
Van Dieman's Land  
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