Laurence Cummings appointed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music

18 November 2020

We are delighted that Laurence Cummings has been appointed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music from the 2021/22 season.

Renowned for his stylish and authoritative performances of early music, he is particularly well regarded for his interpretations of Handel, with the Guardian describing him as "one of the composer’s best advocates in the world. Self-effacing on the podium, faithful above all to the score, he matches Handel’s energy and invention with unmistakable lyricism, generosity and dignity."

He joins with the Academy of Ancient Music, whose worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music is rooted in its use of historically-informed techniques, period-specific instruments, and original sources, stretching back nearly 50 years.

Of his appointment Laurence Cummings says: “I’m delighted to join with the Academy of Ancient Music to develop what the orchestra already has, to explore this wonderful repertoire that we all love with such a passion, and hopefully to reveal something new and fresh to the modern ear.”

John McMunn, CEO of AAM, comments: “Laurence Cummings is acclaimed for his virtuosity at the keyboard, the energy and verve he brings to the concert platform as a director, and for his staunch advocacy for the historical-performance of baroque and classical music. I can think of no better musician to take the baton from Richard Egarr as AAM approaches its 50th anniversary in 2023.”

Watch AAM's welcome video Introducing Laurence Cummings.

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