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Laurence Cummings

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Laurence Cummings is one of Britain's most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player. He was an organ scholar at Christ Church Oxford where he graduated with first class honours. In 1996 he was appointed Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music which has led to both baroque and classical orchestras forming part of the established curriculum. He is also Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and a trustee of Handel House London. Since 1999 he has been Music Director of the London Handel Festival where performances have included productions of Deborah, Athalia, Esther, Agrippina, Sorsame, Alexander Balus, Hercules, Samson, Ezio, Riccardo Primo and Tolomeo. He is a regular guest at Casa da Musica in Porto where he conducts Remix Baroque.

Other opera productions he has conducted include L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Semele and Orfeo for English National Opera, Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Ariodante and Tolomeo for English Touring Opera, Rodelinda for Opera Theatre Company in the UK, Ireland and New York, Alceste at the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden as part of the London Bach Festival, Caverlieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, Eccle’s The Judgement of Paris and King Arthur in Croatia, Francisco António de Almeida’s La Spinalba and La Guiditta in Porto, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Dardanus at the Royal Academy of Music. He recently made his US debut conducting Orfeo with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

He regularly conducts the English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, both in the UK and on tour. He also works with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra in Bridgewater Hall, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra - B minor Mass at the London Bach Festival and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at the Spitalfields Festival.

His numerous recordings include the first recording of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria with Emma Kirkby and the Royal Academy of Music on BIS and recital discs of solo harpsichord music (including music by Louis and Francois Couperin) for Naxos. A solo disc of Handel arias with Angelika Kirschlager and the Basel Chamber Orchestra was recently released on Sony BMG.

Future plans include performances of Vivaldi’s L’Incoronazione di Dario for Garsington Opera, Ottone in Japan, and Giulio Cesare for Gothenburg Opera and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he also conducts performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. He gives concerts with the Handel and Haydn Society Boston, Remix Baroque at the Casa da Musica, English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Halle Orchestra, Lauttern Companaye and a programme of Britten and Bach with the London Handel Orchestra as part of the Barbican Centre’s “Great Performers” season.

Laurence Cummings