Relaxing Woodwind Playing

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20-132 Relaxing Woodwind Playing Hawkwood College
Mon 23Mar
Thu 26Mar

Facilitator: Laurence Perkins

Relaxing Woodwind Playing has a particular focus on well-being and relaxation. Suitable for players from grade 5 to advanced level, the programme includes music by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Copland, alongside medieval plainchant and traditional folk melodies. The ensemble will play excerpts adapted from the featured music, as well as listening to fine recordings in relaxation sessions that include breathing technique, posture and help with performance nerves.

Event time: Mon 23rd Mar 2020 at 4:00pm - Thu 26th Mar 2020 at 2:00pm

At a glance

  • Playing and listening to inspiring woodwind music in a relaxed setting
  • Help in finding maximum fulfillment in your woodwind playing
  • Focus on essentials for good relaxed playing, including breathing and posture

What will participants gain

  • Finding a clam state which leads to positive focus and good playing
  • Musical inspiration as a means of helping in technical progress and good performance
  • Relaxation and other techniques to help in making your playing more successful and enjoyable

Relaxing Woodwind Playing is a special course for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon e nand horn players (from grade 5 to advanced level). It explores the sense of well-being and relaxation through playing in ensemble and listening to fine recordings. Enjoy the music of Mozart, the folk-inspired works of Vaughan-Williams and Copland, medieval plainchant, and much more – all with the positive energies that this music offers.

As a solo and orchestral bassoonist, course leader Laurence Perkins has often worked in very challenging performance situations. This enables him to offer first-hand experience in specific techniques that can help you to relax and find a greater fulfilment in your own playing. While promoting well-being, there is no counselling or therapy element to this course. It is simply a chance to experience the joy and inspiration of music-making and musical appreciation. Ensemble music (including versions of the music listened to) is mostly technically unchallenging – a chance to relax and enjoy your playing!

Price Options

£335 Non-Residential
£395 Residential Shared
£455 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Please bring an instrument and comfortable clothing. Music will be provided at the course when you arrive. There is no concert performance at the end of the course. The ensemble music will be suitable for players from grade 5 upwards.

Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins has become one of Britain’s best-known solo bassoonists through his concert performances and numerous solo recordings. Laurence has made several solo recordings for the Hyperion label with major UK orchestras, which have been highly acclaimed in the international media. He is currently recording a 2-CD anthology of 20th century music for the bassoon. His educational work has included major national and international projects promoting the bassoon to young musicians. Laurence is also heavily involved in working with amateur musicians, including a series of Wind Serenades courses at Higham Hall in the English Lake District.

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