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Laurence Cummings


Laurence Cummings is one of Britain's most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as conductor and harpsichord player.

Music Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999, he has just completed his inaugural year in the same rôle at the the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen, as well as acting as Music Director for Orquestra Barocca Casa da Musica Porto and as trustee of Handel House London.

He has conducted productions for English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera and at the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden.  He regularly conducts the English Concert and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), St Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota), Wiener Akademie, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Jerusalem Symphony and Basel Chamber Orchestra.

He has made numerous recordings including the first recording of Handel's newly discovered Gloria with Emma Kirkby, and Handel Arias with Angelika Kirschlager and the Basel Chamber Orchestra for Sony BMG.

Future plans include productions for Opernhaus Zurich, Opera de Lyon and at Glyndebourne, plus concerts with the English Concert, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, alongside his commitments in Porto and at the Göttingen Handel Festival. In the US he makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York.