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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.
Note: All applications to be made initially through Laurence (http://laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades) to ascertain ensemble line-up.

Upcoming Courses

October 2017

INTERMEDIATE WIND CHAMBER MUSIC DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

October 27th at 18:30 to October 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Reicha: Partita (Parthia) in F Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia Two wonderful pieces for 10 wind players of intermediate (grade 6-8) standard: an original four-movement by the great Bohemian wind chamber composer Antonin Reicha, plus a delightful arrangement by Laurence of the hugely popular Borodin piece. Both will be conducted and rehearsed in detail, and there will be an informal performance of both works at 12pm at the end of the course. We can pick up at 5pm…

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March 2018

ADVANCED WIND CHAMBER MUSIC DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

Sunday March 4, 2018 at 18:30 to Thursday March 8, 2018 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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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!

Thursday March 8, 2018 at 11:15 to 12:15
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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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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