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Laurence Cummings


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Laurence Cummings, is a harpsichordist, organist, and conductor. He is Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music (since 1997), Musical Director of the London Handel Orchestra and Festival (since 1999), Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society, a founding member of the London Handel Players, and a Trustee of the Handel House Museum.

Cummings was educated at Solihull School, Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal College of Music and he has studied with Jill Severs.

Particularly important achievements to date include making the first recording of Handel’s newly-discovered Gloria with soloist Emma Kirkby and the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, and recordings of the keyboard works of Louis and François Couperin.

He has performed with ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, the Gabrieli Consort, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sixteen, Streetwise Opera and soloists including Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Maurice Steger (recorder) and Emma Kirkby (soprano).

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