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Laurence Perkins (woodwind)

  • studied at the Royal Northern College of Music
  • bassoon tutor at the RNCM Manchester, York and Nottingham Universities and many summer schools
  • principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata 1974-2017,  including concerts worldwide and at the BBC Proms
  • solo concert performances Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room in London, concertos
  • performed with the English Chamber Orchestra
  • member of ‘Cuillin Sound’ ensemble
  • solo CDs include a disc of concertos (5 stars in the BBC Music Magazine)

Laurence brings true masterclass-level wind tuition to Higham.

For Laurence’s courses, if traveling by train, we can pick up students (and their instruments) at 5pm from Penrith Station by prior arrangement for an extra fee. This must be arranged with us in good time beforehand.
Our courses are at the foot of this page, but Laurence’s own website has comprehensive details of his courses, so is the best place for musicians to refer to: http://laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades
 Note: All applications to be made initially through Laurence (see his website at the link above) to ascertain ensemble line-up.

Upcoming Courses

March 2018

ADVANCED WIND CHAMBER MUSIC DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

March 4th at 18:30 to March 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for wind players of diploma standard (i.e. above grade 8), working in detail on original wind chamber repertoire for large and smaller ensembles, tutored by Laurence Perkins. There will be an informal concert performance (free) at 11:15am on the last day of all three works. We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £399 Non-residential: £285 All applications to be made initially through Laurence to…

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AN INFORMAL (& FREE) WOODWIND CONCERT!

March 8th at 11:15 to 12:15
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

You and any friends are invited to enjoy this hour-long concert given by diploma-standard players (i.e. above grade 8) who will be completing a masterclass here at Higham with Laurence Perkins. It would be good to have a little audience for this informal event which will be of an exceptional standard, being held in our wonderful oak-floored Lecture Room. ADMISSION FREE, but please do let us know if you intend to come so we can put out enough chairs!

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July 2018

LAURENCE PERKINS SUMMER SCHOOL

July 8th at 14:00 to July 13th at 15:45
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Wind Chamber course for serious advanced amateur players (diploma-standard level 1 minimum) to work in-depth on substantial repertoire with the highest level tuition. Original works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Irving Fine and Nielsen - all performed complete in informal concerts on the last day. Includes a mid-week tutors' concert. Tutors: Philippa Davies (flute, member of the Nash Ensemble), Jan Willem Nelleke (piano) and Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £599 Non-residential: £434

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A VERY SPECIAL WOODWIND CONCERT

July 11th at 20:00 to 21:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

International soloists Flautist Philippa Davies (soloist, member of the London Winds), bassoonist Laurence Perkins (soloist and Hyperion recording artist) and pianist Jan Willem Nelleke (international concert pianist) join forces for an hour of memorable musical performances, held in our wonderful oak-floored Lecture Room. (One hour, no interval). ADMISSION £10 Proceeds to Stroke Association with Bar available beforehand and afterwards.  

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AN INFORMAL (AND FREE) WOODWIND CONCERT – IN TWO HALVES

July 13th at 11:15 to 15:45
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

All are invited to share two 45 minute concerts at 11:15 and 2:30, spanning lunchtime given by diploma-standard players, completing a masterclass here at Higham with Laurence Perkins. A little audience will be appreciated! ADMISSION FREE, but please do let us know if you intend to come so we can put out enough chairs! You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our grounds in-between, with donations welcome for tea and a slice afterwards. Limited Lunch spaces might…

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