Bridget Cunningham (MMus ARCM) is a conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist and musicologist. Her passion for Handel, performance and musicology, inspired her to create, research, select music and direct from the harpsichord an exciting series of Handel recordings with London Early Opera exploring Handel the man, his music and his travels to capture a musical snapshot at a moment in his life. These new albums are being released worldwide and Handel in Italy Vol.1 & Vol.2, Handel in Ireland Vol.1 and Handel at Vauxhall Vol.1 & Vol. 2 have been reviewed with international acclaim.
Cunningham is a versatile conductor and musician and keen advocate for directing from the harpsichord – just as Handel did. As well as her numerous baroque performances including Handel’s operas Admeto, Semele, Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Bach’s Easter oratorio, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, she has also performed music by Piazolla with the RTE Irish Chamber Orchestra live on Lyric Radio, conducted recordings of music by George Butterworth. She has also conducted Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Mozart’s Violin Concertos, and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with violinist Orpheus Leander at St Martin in the Fields and a new world premiere for BBC Radio 4 with London Early Opera, called River written by a BBC Inspire Young Composer of the Year, Grace Evangeline-Mason for the 300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music along with a live broadcast of the work for the BBC.