Coffee-less Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

Join us on the second Friday of every month from 11am for a free instrumental concert. Usually refreshments are served but due to COVID-19, this will not be happening until the Autumn.  


Friday 11th June | 1100 - 1145
Laurence Perkins (Bassoon) 

Laurence Perkins is well-known worldwide for his pioneering work in promoting the bassoon as a solo instrument. He has given solo performances and played in orchestral and chamber concerts throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide, including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, St John’s Smith Square London with the English Chamber Orchestra, and live solo concerts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His recordings as a soloist for the Hyperion label include concertos by Mozart and Weber conducted by Douglas Boyd, Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (reaching No. 4 in the UK Classical Charts), and shorter solos with the New London Orchestra and Ronald Corp. His new 2-CD album, ‘Voyage of a Sea-god’ is a July 2021 release featuring six world première recordings, including a Concertino by Elizabeth Maconchy with the CBSO. Laurence’s educational work has included national and international projects promoting the bassoon to young musicians. He is also Director of Wind Serenades courses for amateur musicians. His other activities include musical relaxation sessions with cancer patients and landscape photography.


Friday 9th July | 1100 - 1145
James and Alex Woodrow (Violin and Piano)

James Woodrow combines a varied performing career on both modern and baroque violins with a strong dedication to teaching, including teaching violin at Solihull School. James studied violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, principally under Steven Wilkie, gaining a first class honours degree. During his studies he was awarded the Roger Raphael, Schubert and Nossek Prizes for chamber music. Solo recitals include St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bradford Cathedral, Sheffield Cathedral, Bury Parish Church, Whitworth Art Gallery and St Ann’s Church, Manchester. He recently performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the Piccadilly Sinfonietta at St Ann’s Church, Manchester.

Alexander Woodrow combines the role of Organist and Director of Music at Leeds Minster with those of Visiting Piano and Organ Teacher at Solihull School; and Musical Director of the Shifnal Chorale, Shropshire. Alexander read music as Organ Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying with Anne Page. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 19, winning first prizes in all categories, including the Limpus Prize. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College London and a recipient of the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Solo organ recitals have taken Alexander to many of the major churches and Cathedrals of the UK, including York Minster, King’s College and St John's College, Cambridge and Westminster Abbey. As a pianist, he is most active as an accompanist, performing recently in recitals at St Martin in the Fields, London, and in York.


Blog Archive

James Gaughan (January 2020)

Rob Burton (February 2020)

Jill Crossland (March 2020)