Laurence Cummings named new director of AAM

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Laurence Cummings as Music Director from the 2021/22 season.

Cummings is a leading exponent of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player.

AAM CEO 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.'

The news comes as AAM returns to live music, with a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Barbican on 19th December 2020, as part of the Live from the Barbican concert series. 

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