Behind the Musical Advent Doors: Bridget Cunningham - Harpsichordist and Conductor


Photo: Victoria Cadisch

Bridget Cunningham is a conductor and harpsichordist and Artistic Director of London Early Opera - a fabulous team of professional baroque musicians, singers, engineers and musicologists who are working on a series of new Handel recordings with Signum Records.


Her professional experience turned out highly relevant when it came to recording for our Musical Advent Calendar, (hint hint!) " I am thrilled to be performing with a wonderful group of musicians and singers for this Musical Advent Calendar. For the first time ever, I had to make a virtual tuning session with chords for string players, and scales to tune to the correct pitch and intervals matching our baroque temperament...great fun!"


"Music to me is a connection, it is beauty and majesty, it lifts the spirits, lights up a room and is a saving grace and comfort - transporting us together to glimpse a better place.

For Bridget the year has shown music and family to be a real tonic to the challenges we've faced. "My 2 young boys have been my true superheroes during the pandemic and they love music and Christmas, perhaps Christmas more so... and can’t wait until the big day arrives."


"Music to me is a connection, it is beauty and majesty, it lifts the spirits, lights up a room and is a saving grace and comfort - transporting us together to glimpse a better place. It has certainly helped me and many fellow musicians get through this year."


Musician Mums Christmas Quiz


Can you tell us what you'll miss most about performing this

Me and my lovely boys preparing for our Christmas recording...

Christmas?

Seeing friends, fellow musicians and the joy, sparkle and connection we share with each other and our audiences.

What's your favourite carol/Christmas music?

Angelus ad Virginem, Gabriel's message... all good!

And what are you hoping for this year for Christmas?

For the boys to stay in bed until 8am... unlikely so any chocolate will do!

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory - musical or otherwise?

One favourite memory I have, is of the arrival of our new kitten Bonnie who discovered our Christmas tree and enjoyed games of hide and seek .... spot the kitten!

And what's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Has to be family, friends, singing at church and Handel, Bach, Schütz, Corelli, Vivaldi and Monteverdi, all glorious!

Finally, give us a hint towards what you're performing on the advent calendar?

Something fabulous first performed at Easter...


Spot the Kitten!