Friday 9 March 2018: 7-30pm

Farnham Methodist Church, GU9 7RN

An Evening with Laurence Cummings (TBS President)

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Leading baroque conductor, harpsichordist and TBS President Laurence Cummings  talked about the music that has most influenced his life and his experiences in the musical world. Laurence played the harpsichord and piano as well as extracts of recorded music and the Nigel of Tilford video.

Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as conductor and harpsichord player. He worked closely with our founder Denys Darlow, used to play frequently at the Tilford Bach Festival and was Musical Director from the late 1990s until 2010 when he handed over to Adrian Butterfield. He is well known for the infectious enthusiasm he brings to all things musical.

He has been Musical Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999 and Artistic Director of the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen since 2012, as well as acting as Music Director for Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica Porto. He is the William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. He has conducted productions for English National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Opera de Lyon, 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 Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), St Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota), National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Kansas City Symphony, Wiener Akademie, Musikcollegium Winterthur, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Basel Chamber Orchestra.

His numerous recordings include 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.