‘An artist on the ascent…technically she is dazzling.’
Bridget Cunningham is an international opera conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist and early music specialist. Bridget trained at the Royal College of Music and Southampton University and now as an opera conductor, has just finished conducting her second orchestral recording of Handel with Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan and Ben Bevan, London Early Opera and Grammy winning producer Chris Alder.
Bridget is in demand to conduct choirs, orchestras, festivals, operas and recordings. She conducts regularly at venues such as St Martin-in-the Fields, Grosvenor Chapel, St James’s Piccadilly and Southwark Cathedral, London – and at venues throughout Europe especially in Italy and Austria and has conducted several operas by Mozart, Handel and Purcell including Magic Flute, Semele and Fairy conducts her own opera company – London Early Opera and has conducted and recorded two orchestral cd’s, Handel at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and Handel in Italy with LEO and multi Grammy winning producer Chris Alder and the Bevan singers, Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan and Ben Bevan.
Her 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 recently had a radio broadcast for an hour long show on Austria’s National Radio Stephansdom with Angela Hewitt.
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 and she also supported by the Finzi Trust and the Concordia Foundation.
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 several others. She opened the Watteau:The Drawings Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and gave a lecture recital on Handel and Watteau in 18th century London.
She has a wide musical background as well as Early Music from performing Piazolla and Bach with the RTE Irish Chamber Orchestra live on Lyric Radio, to recently conducting recordings of early 20th Century English music composed by George Butterworth.
She has recorded and presented on several SkyArts, RTE and BBC television 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 fixed the orchestra and music for BBC TV’s Messiah and made a recent video for the Handel House Museum. She recorded radio broadcasts on Messiah and the King James Bible for Radio 3 and 4 at the Handel House and has worked with Marshall Marcus (Southbank/Simon Bolivar) and Rhodri Huw (from BBC Wales) on Vivaldi’s Women who she assists conducts.