Two fantastic UK events in 2020 for bassoonists!

BDRS 5-Day Bassoon Course with Laurence Perkins

assisted by Amy Thompson
21-25 April at Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire
for elementary, intermediate and advanced players (ensemble playing will be graded parts according to ability)
This legendary course gives players of any standard the chance to explore aspects of technique and musical performance in depth – breathing, tone, tuning, dynamics, reed adjustment and aspects of performance style are all covered. If you love playing, come and explore ways to make it more enjoyable and satisfying! Solo playing (if you wish), orchestral technique – and, of course, bassoon ensembles alongside double-reed ensemble playing with the oboe course players.
good posture and breathing
sound quality and tuning
fluency of technique
effective practice
solo performance* (with pianist Yoshiko Endo)
the art of musical interpretation
orchestral excerpts
tackling performance nerves
tutored ensemble playing
Park Place is just short car ride away from the South Downs National Park, and is a wonderfully quiet, comfortable and spacious venue –  the perfect setting for  a five-day residential course.
* playing in the solo performance class is entirely the player’s choice – there is no pressure to do so.
Details and on-line application form: https://bdrs.org.uk/courses/
Event promoted by BDRS (British Double Reed Society)
Limited places available, and they are going quickly, so BOOK NOW!
Celebrating Beethoven’s big birthday in 2020 . . .
A special Wind Serenades ‘BEETHOVEN 250’ celebration in November (as close to Beethoven’s birth date as we know) – two 3-day (2 nights) courses with expert in-depth tuition. The venue is Park Place, Wickham, Hampshire (easy travel by road or rail).
18-20 November: ensembles tutored by Janet Hilton (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon) and Yoshiko Endo (piano), for advanced (diploma standard) players – Sextet Op.71, Quintet Op.16, Octet Op.103 (players will be allocated one of these three works)
20-22 November: Ensemble tutored by Laurence Perkins, for advanced and intermediate players (graded parts) – new performing versions of the mighty ‘Eroica’ Varations, plus the delightful set of 12 Kontretänze which were featured in the 2020 New Year Viennese Concert in Vienna (and includes the famous ‘Eroica’ theme).
You can do both courses if you wish – but places are going fast!
Each course will end with an informal performance of the works featured. There will also be a tutor’s concert on 19th November at 7.30pm – the programme will include Beethoven’s Trio Op.38 (his own version of the Septet Op.20)
Details and on-line application form: https://laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades