Laurence Perkins (Bassoon)

Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known solo bassoonists through his concert performances and numerous solo recordings on CD. His performances have included recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, a recital in Prague, and concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (at St. John’s, Smith Square) and Manchester Camerata (with whom he is principal bassoonist), as well as with numerous European orchestras. His 2002 CD of concertos by Mozart and Weber with Manchester Camerata conducted by Douglas Boyd (for Hyperion) 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, and a recent solo CD for Hyperion, “The Playful Pachyderm” (with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp) has also received outstanding critical acclaim in the national and international press.

Laurence also runs “Wind Serenades” chamber music courses throughout the UK, and his other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients, and landscape photography.