Laurence Cummings

Laurence Cummings

Harpsichord • Organ

• Born 1968


Laurence Cummings is a British conductor, harpsichordist, and organist. After graduating from Solihull School, Christ Church, Oxford, he attended the Royal College of Music in London, and studied harpsichord with Jill Severs. He has become renowned as a Handel scholar and interpreter, and he made his debut in the United States performing with Boston's Handel and Haydn Society. He has also conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra, The Hallé, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and other ensembles. Since 1997, Cummings has been associated in various capacities with the London Handel Orchestra, the Tilford Bach Society, and the London Handel Players. He has performed as continuo player with Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen, and the Gabrieli Consort, and he has also conducted operatic productions with the English National Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company. He has recorded for Accent, Naxos, Somm, and Wigmore Hall Live, among other labels.