Formed in 2002, Belsize Baroque is one of the leading amateur baroque orchestras. It comprises young professionals, students, and top amateur baroque players from London and elsewhere. The orchestra performs on period instruments in an historically informed style. It collaborates regularly with leading baroque directors to give orchestral performances, and works on baroque and classical repertoire with choral groups.
The orchestra showcases the abilities of talented college students and young professional musicians, providing these players with the opportunity to perform with top directors and an experienced baroque orchestra.
Belsize Baroque Scholarship awarded to Ada Witczyk:
Ada made her solo orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Odeon Orchestra. Since then she has performed in such venues as Buckingham Palace, the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, amongst others.
She has taken part in concerts with Gabrieli Consort & Players, WOB, The English Concert and Florilegium.
She has won several prizes in international violin competitions, including first prize at the Baroque Competition in Gorzów Wielkopolski Honourable Mention at the Polish Forum of Young Instrumentalists, 3rd prize during The Rising Stars Grand Prix – International Music Competition in Berlin.
Ada completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal College of Music, studying violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Michal Cwizewicz and Baroque violin with Catherine Martin. Thanks to an Anthony Edward Brookes Award Ada is currently in her second year of a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Levon Chilingirian and Simon Standage.
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Laurence Cummings is a harpsichordist, organist, and conductor. He is Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music (since 1997), Musical Director of the London Handel Orchestra and Festival (since 1999), Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society, a founding member of the London Handel Players, and a Trustee of the Handel House Museum.
Cummings was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal College of Music and he has studied with Jill Severs.
He has appeared with ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, the Gabrieli Consort, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sixteen, and Streetwise Opera.