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Sun, 07 Jul



Soprano, Violin & Harpsichord

Join us for an incredible evening in the intimacy of Melford House as Laurence Cummings pairs up with up soprano Ann Maria Rincon & Baroque violinist Julia Bishop Bar/ door opens 5pm Performance starts 6pm

Soprano, Violin & Harpsichord
Soprano, Violin & Harpsichord

Time & Location

07 Jul 2024, 17:00 – 21:00

Mayfield, Melford House, Fir Toll Rd, Mayfield TN20 6NB, UK


About the Event

Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord & Tenor), Ana Maria Rincon (Soprano) & Julia Bishop (Baroque Violin) 

Songs and Sonatas by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and J.S.Bach

International soprano, Ana Maria Rincon, dazzles in glittering arias and beautifully soulful songs and is joined by a firm Mayfield favourite, Julia Bishop on baroque violin. Laurence Cummings will accompany on harpsichord and may well be inspired to join in a vocal duet or two!

Laurence Cummings is one of Britain's most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as a conductor and a harpsichord player. He is currently Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, Musical Director of the London Handel Festival and Music Director of Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música in Porto. He was Artistic Director of the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen from 2011 - 2021. A noted authority on Handel, the Guardian has written of him “he now ranks 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.”

Frequently praised for his stylish and compelling performances in the opera house, his career has taken him across Europe where he has conducted productions at houses including Opernhaus Zurich (Belshazzar, King Arthur), Theater an der Wien (Saul), Gothenburg Opera (Orfeo ed Euridice, Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Idomeneo). Théâtre du Châtelet (Saul) and Opera de Lyon (Messiah). In the UK he has been a regular at English National Opera (Radamisto, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Semele, Messiah, Orfeo and The Indian Queen), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Saul, Giulio Cesare and The Fairy Queen) and Garsington Opera (Vivaldi cycle: L’Incoronazione di Dario, L’Olympiade and La Verita in Cimento, Orfeo), as well as conducting at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre (Berenice and Alceste), Opera North (L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Orfeo in a version for both western and Indian classical musicians), and for Opera GlassWorks (The Rake’s Progress).

Equally at home on the concert platform, he is regularly invited to conduct both period and modern instrument orchestras worldwide, including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Handel and Haydn Society Boston, Croatian Baroque Orchestra, La Scintilla Zurich, Juilliard415, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Musikcollegium Winterthur, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and in the UK with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

His recordings include discs with Emma Kirkby and Royal Academy of Music on BIS, Angelika Kirschlager and the Basel Chamber Orchestra for Sony BMG, Maurice Steger and The English Concert for Harmonia Mundi and Ruby Hughes and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Chandos, as well as a series of live opera and concert performances recorded at the Göttingen International Handel Festival and released on Accent. He has also released numerous solo harpsichord recital and chamber music recordings for Naxos.

As well as his regular commitments his future plans include productions for Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theater Basel, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at Dutch National Opera.

He was an organ scholar at Christ Church Oxford where he graduated with first class honours. Until 2012 he was Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music which led to both baroque and classical orchestras forming part of the established curriculum. He is now the William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance.

Ana Maria Rincon

Laurence & Rincon have known each other since they both studied music when their two colleges would often do concerts together.  She studied at the Guildhall and is an internationally reknowned soprano

Rincon sings mostly early music. “It speaks to people. Early music takes us back to tradition. What makes it special is that it is played by small orchestras in intimate places.”

According to the soprano, a lot of research has been done about baroque music in the past 50 years. “The way it is performed now is what people would have heard in the 18thcentury. Twenty or 30 years ago, musicians had much less information and did not use original instruments.”


  • Soprano, Violin & Harpsichord

    Sale ends: 07 Jul, 21:00

    Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord) pairs with Ana Maria Rincon (Soprano) & Julia Bishop (Baroque Violin)




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