Bassoon day 2019



A great chance to work with Laurence Perkins.    To apply, please complete this application form: Bassoon workshop 2019 details and how to apply and return to Simon Payne.  Dorchester Village Hall, near Oxford.

Laurence Perkins was born in Lancashire in 1954, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester between 1970-76 with Charles Cracknell, principal bassoonist in the Hallé Orchestra.. He joined Manchester Camerata as their principal bassoonist in October 1974, finally leaving in June 2017 to pursue more chamber music and solo playing, alongside his on-going work promoting the bassoon. During his 43 years with Camerata he performed in concerts throughout the UK (including the BBC Proms) and on overseas tours including France, Germany, Portugal, Norway, the Azores Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia and Japan.

Laurence has given many solo concert performances throughout the UK and Europe, including recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (at St. John’s, Smith Square) and with Manchester Camerata, and numerous overseas concerts including France, Portugal and Prague.

Laurence is bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at York and Nottingham Universities. He has also been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Aberystwyth, Malvern, Sherborne, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France.


The format of the day will include ensemble playing, 20-minute individual master-classes for up to 6 players,  and a detailed Q&A session where Laurence  hopes to be able to cover all sorts of topics ranging from articulation to breath control, intonation to vibrato, how to get the most from practice and as many more thorny issues as requested!  Laurence may also give a short recital.

You will be able to ask questions throughout the day.


Arrangements for the day:




Sunday 14 APRIL 2019

The Hall will be open from 09.30 to 17.00

Refreshments from 09.30.

The workshop will start at 10.00, and end by about 16.00/16.30.

Lunch roughly 12.30 – 13.30



Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for the breaks during the day, and are included in the cost.
Please bring your own lunch. There are some nice cafes and hotels in Dorchester that are open on Sunday, in particular a small café called Lily’s.


This Village Hall in the beautiful village of Dorchester-on-Thames (see particularly Dorchester Abbey).  Website
Parking is quite easy in the roads near the Village Hall, in car parks, and on the main street. See map below.

Dorchester-on-Thames is a village on the River Thame in Oxfordshire, about 3 miles northwest of Wallingford and  8 miles southeast of Oxford.  The Hall is marked on the map below.
Dorchester Village Hall, 7 Queen Street, Dorchester OX10 7RA
NB this is the Dorchester in Oxfordshire, near Oxford, not the one in Dorset!