Bridget Cunningham

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2021

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harpsichord

Location: London


Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist who trained at the Royal College of Music, London where she was awarded a Junior Fellowship.

She is the Artistic Director of London Early Opera (UK charity 1143989) and researches and records long- lost important works and operas, edits manuscripts and writes the CD booklet notes. After receiving a scholarship from the Finzi Trust, she explored Handel’s works and travels and began to produce a new series of CDs with Signum Records which are being released worldwide and include Handel in Italy, Handel in Ireland, Handel at Vauxhall and Handel’s Queens shortlisted for a Gramophone Award 2020:

“Handel has never sounded better” BBC Music Magazine 5 Stars, October 2019

Her career highlights include playing a solo recital for Prince Charles, the Queen and the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, concerts for the London Handel Festival, a broadcast on Austria’s National Radio Stephansdom with pianist Angela Hewitt, conducting Music of the Spheres Ensemble with violinist Orpheus Leander and directing a world premiere by Grace Evangeline-Mason commissioned by the BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Handel's Water Music broadcast live on the River Thames with London Early Opera.

David Mellor for Classic FM said about her recordings: “Superb.. I never thought I could listen to more than 2 hours without a break, but that’s what I have done”.
This amazing opportunity from Help Musicians allows me to improve my Sibelius Ultimate editing and language skills to make translations of librettos and texts. Much of this long-lost and important baroque music is still in manuscript form, so it is vital that it is edited and translated to be rediscovered, recorded and enjoyed by many.