Cummings, Laurence

Laurence Cummings (born 1968, Birmingham), MA (Oxon), ARCM, FRCO, HonRAM is a British harpsichordist, organist, and conductor. Cummings was educated at Solihull School, Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. His teachers have included Jill Severs.

Cummings was Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music (from 1997-2012), is Musical Director of the London Handel Orchestra and the London Handel Festival[1] (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. In September 2011, he became the artistic director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival.[2] He has played harpsichord and organ continuo with many leading period instrument groups, including Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen Choir, Gabrieli Consort and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has also conducted at English National Opera and Glyndebourne.

Cummings has recorded commercially as both an instrumentalist and a conductor.[3] His recordings as a conductor have included the first recording of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria with soloist Emma Kirkby and the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra. He has also made recordings of keyboard works of Louis and François Couperin, and Handel.[4]


  1. ^ "Facing the music: Laurence Cummings". The Guardian. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  2. ^ Isabel Trzeciok (2011-06-03). "21 Jahre Nicholas McGegans Leitung". Göttinger Tageblatt. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  3. ^ Richard Wigmore (2007-01-06). "Classical CDs of the week: Grieg, Mendelssohn, Handel and more..." Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  4. ^ Nicholas Kenyon (2010-04-18). "Handel: Eight Great Harpsichord Suites; Handel, Purcell, Haydn: Suites and Sonatas". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-06-12.