Bridget Cunningham is a conductor & prizewinning harpsichordist and early music specialist who has presented on several TV and Radio shows including Sky Arts, BBC TV and Radio and RTE.
Bridget is in demand for conducting choirs, orchestras, festivals and recordings and her performing experience includes conducting London Early Opera, Handel House Harmonies and Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi.
She conducts regularly at venues such as St Martin-in-the Fields, Grosvenor Chapel, St James’s Piccadilly and Southwark Cathedral – and at venues throughout Europe.
Her recent harpsichord album ‘Handel in Ireland‘ was voted Album of the Month on the radio and reviewed as ‘technically dazzling…. and drop dead gorgeous’ and she has performed as a solo harpsichordist to Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
She is a Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians who supported her as a Fellow of the Royal College of Music to work in the Centre for Performance History where she researched and coached singers.
She has a wide musical background from performing with the Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck on his 75th Birthday – to playing with the RTE Irish Chamber Orchestra live on Lyric Radio – Piazzolla and Bach; to recently conducting recordings of early 20th Century English music composed by George Butterworth.
She regularly gives lecture recitals at Art Galleries and recently gave one in the Renaissance Florence Room of the National Gallery and has played for the Da Vinci Exhibition and last year she opened the Watteau Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and gave a lecture recital on Handel and Watteau in 18th century London.
She has recorded BBC documentaries with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment and Vivaldi’s Women and the virginal and harpsichord music for the BBC 1 series ‘Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen’, How London Was Built and BBC TV’s Messiah.
Radio broadcasts include BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 King James’s Bible . Bridget has also just conducted London Early Opera’s first CD – Handel in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.