Double Reed Workshop, Performance Class and Recital with Laurence Perkins (Bassoon) and Maddy Aldis-Evans (Oboe) SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017, 10AM-5PM @ BLACK PARK, LL14 5BB


This full day programme will include technical sessions on the Bassoon and Oboe, ensemble rehearsal, and accompanied performance class followed by a short concert.  

Workshop format

(Times for guidance only)

Please arrive no later than 10AM to register.

10.00AM Welcome and warm-up, break-out technical session with oboes/ bassoons, ensemble work

11.15AM Break (tea / coffee)

11.45AM Full double-reed ensemble rehearsal

1PM Lunch – light refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be available, please bring packed lunch if desired

1.40PM Rehearsal with pianist for end-of-day recital – Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

2.15PM Performance Class – solos with piano (oboes and bassoons together), allocation of 10 minutes per player – each player to bring one piece or movement of maximum 4 mins duration.  Maximum of 8 players in this session.

3.30PM Final run-through of ensemble pieces

4.00PM break (tea / coffee)

4.30PM INFORMAL CONCERT – ensembles, plus Poulenc Trio.

5PM End

About Laurence Perkins

Laurence has been principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata since 1974, with whom he has 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.

About Maddy Aldis-Evans

Maddy was born in Leicester.  From 1989 – 1993 she studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she obtained a BA (Hons) Music 2:1, A.B.S.M (composition with merit) and a Postgraduate diploma in Professional Studies (Performance).  In 1992 she was awarded the Conservatoire BA Prize and the award for an Orchestral Composition.  A Countess of Munster Musical Trust award enabled her to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where she obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Advanced Performance and was awarded the 2004 RNCM Rawsthorn Prize for composition

Maddy teaches the oboe at Abingdon School and at Headington School, as well as privately. In 2016 she founded the Bicester oboe band with local oboists and students.

As a freelance player in the UK, Maddy has worked with many of the countries’ leading orchestras including trials with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (second oboe 2010/2011), Welsh National Opera (second oboe 2012/2013), the Philharmonia Orchestra (Cor Anglais 2005/2006) and the Manchester Camerata (Principal, Second Oboe and Cor Anglais Including trial for second oboe 1999). Other orchestras with whom Maddy regularly worked as a deputy player include the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Second oboe, Cor Anglais), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Second Oboe),  Halle Orchestra (Second Oboe and Cor Anglais), London Concert Orchestra (Principal and Second Oboe), Opera North (Second Oboe) and Viva (East of England Orchestra) (Principal, second oboe and Cor Anglais).

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Number of participants: up to 12.  All ages and abilities welcome.

Cost: £35 per person.


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Telephone: (01691) 778800

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