Introducing Laurence Cummings | AAM's next Music Director
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Laurence Cummings as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music from the 2021-22 season.
One of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player, Cummings is a noted authority on Handel, The Guardian lauding him as ‘one of the composer’s best advocates in the world’.
AAM Chief Executive John McMunn 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.’
Laurence Cummings comments: ‘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.’
AAM Chair Philip Jones comments: ‘We are tremendously excited to welcome Laurence as our Music Director designate. Laurence’s scintillating performances and direction are well-known, both to our audiences in London and Cambridge, and around the globe. I very much look forward to working with him over the coming years as we continue to explore, reveal and preserve the great treasure house of baroque and classical music.’