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Sat, 06 Jul



Two Harpsichords, Four Hands

Concertos and Suites for two harpsichords . Jack Gonzalez-Harding and Laurence Cummings will transport you back in time to hear musical jewels from the French court, Italian masters and which Bach himself played with his children. Bar/ door opens 5pm Performance starts 6pm

Two Harpsichords, Four Hands
Two Harpsichords, Four Hands

Time & Location

06 Jul 2024, 17:00 – 21:00

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


About the Event

Laurence Cummings & Jack Gonzalez-Harding play harpsichord at Mayfield

Concertos and Suites for two harpsichords by J.S.Bach, Vivaldi and François Couperin

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.

Jack Gonzalez-Harding

British conductor Jack Gonzalez-Harding is gaining attention for his ‘brilliant infectious enthusiasm’ (The Spectator). He studies with John Carewe alongside his studies for an Artist Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having been awarded a full scholarship.

Increasingly in demand as an assistant conductor, recent and upcoming work includes projects with Sir Mark Elder, Jonathan Cohen, Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Arcangelo and in Italy with Fondazione Haydn for Puccini’s La Boheme, under Tim Redmond. Recently, Jack’s debut with the London Mozart Players resulted in a swift return. Jack made his Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall debut conducting the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra. He is the Principal Conductor of the Mayfield Festival Orchestra and founding Artistic Director of ODE.

Active also as a keyboardist, Jack has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre’s Milton Court Concert Hall and at St John’s Smith Square where he directed Bach’s B Minor Mass from the harpsichord. Deemed an ‘outstandingly gifted musician’ (Zoé Martlew, composer and BBC TV/Radio 3 presenter), Jack has already forged relationships with leading soloists such as Nicholas Daniel OBE, Mary Bevan MBE and Fenella Humphreys.

Born in Kent in 2003, Jack began his musical education studying the organ as a junior exhibtioner at the Royal Academy of Music before going onto the Purcell School and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has received mentorship from the Head of Music at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


  • Laurence & Jack Harpsichords

    Sale ends: 06 Jul, 21:00

    Two Harpsichords, Four Hands Laurence Cummings with Jack Gonzalez-Harding Concertos and Suites for two harpsichords by J.S.Bach, Vivaldi and François Couperin




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