HANDEL’S QUEENS new album out now on Signum Records.

Superb album” Classic FM July 2019

Handel’s Queens has been in the Official Specialist Classical Charts for the 4th week running.

Available here

“The playing is so beautifully focused…Splendid in every respect.”

CD Review, BBC Radio 3

“This is as polished an account as any on account of Sophie Bevan’s unerring sense of decorum for what each movement requires.” 

Editors Pick, Gramophone Magazine

“A dazzling disc.”

CD Review, The Observer

“the performances all boast star quality”

Ken Walton, The Scotsman

“Cuzzoni and Faustina’s rivalry in 1720s London allegedly culminated in a bust-up during Bononcini’s Astianatte, in front of royalty. Both Bevan and Crowe sing from the opera, and together they perform a duet from Alessandro. Crowe draws the long straw with Cuzzoni’s show-stoppers from Giulio Cesare and Scipione, but Bevan’s sweet tone and instrumental style shine in lesser works for Faustina.”

David Mellor, Classical FM

London Early Opera (LEO) was established in 2008 by Artistic Director, Bridget Cunningham and is a UK Registered Charity No. 1143989.

LEO is at the forefront of baroque research and performance practice working with leading historians, scholars and editors performing unique recently discovered programmes specialising in the music of George Frideric Handel and his contemporaries.

LEO has established itself around the world for these imaginative programmes, award winning research, outstanding performances and for nurturing international singers in the baroque style. The Artistic Director, Bridget Cunningham coaches and directs from the harpsichord and their new scheme The Handelians focuses on the development and education of exceptional singers inspiring the future generations – one of Handel’s passions.

LEO is expanding its recording series with Signum Classics exploring Handel’s colourful life, influences and experiences which inspired his magnificent musical legacy. Handel in Italy Volumes 1 & 2, Handel in Ireland, Handel at Vauxhall Volumes 1 & 2 and Handel’s Queens have been reviewed with international acclaim;

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

Since 2008 their performances range from Handel’s Semele, Acis and Galatea, Bach’s Easter Oratorio, a 400th Anniversary concert of Monteverdi‘s 1610 Vespers at Southwark Cathedral, several performances at the London Handel Festival, Handel Hendrix and the Foundling Museum and a live broadcast for BBC Radio 4 on the River Thames celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music with a world premiere BBC commission.

London Early Opera are currently fundraising to complete their new edition and world premiere recording of Handel’s pasticcio opera Caio Fabbricio HWV A9 – as well as future concerts and other important ground breaking recordings.

LEO receives no public funding and has no overheads or office costs – ALL donations are given directly for music performances, recordings, research and editions.

Donations can be made directly to:

Clydesdale Bank            THE LONDON EARLY OPERA CO LTD

Sort Code 82-60-13       Account 50156135



London Early Opera   Charity No. 1143989

Advanced Masterclasses and Weekend Courses

Originally established in 2008 award winning conductor Bridget Cunningham, directs and coaches from the harpsichord, just as Handel and LEO’s scheme called The Handelians focuses on the development and education of exceptional singers nurturing and inspiring the future generations – which was a passion of Handel. The Handelians includes up and coming singers and musicians who get coaching from LEO musicians on advanced level repertoire looking at various musical issues and techniques used in historical performance practice.

Lecture Recitals and Research

Bridget Cunningham and various members of LEO have given specialist lecture recitals at the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Gallery on music and art including Handel and Watteau and for the Da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery. London Early Opera are leading exponents of baroque research and work closely under directions from Bridget Cunningham and other musicians, musicologists, historians, editors and researchers.

Past Educational Events

One of LEO’s theorbo player Cesar Queruz played for young pupils with special needs at the Jack Tizard school for the Music festival ‘JackFest’. Deputy Head Sarah said “It was a really positive, enjoyable experience for the children and for the staff.” Teaching assistant Suzanne said “Some of the children would not be able to travel to concerts and live music is such a stimulus for our kids.” One of the pupils Jamie, summed up what he thought of the LEO musician “more!” Other successful whole day Baroque Music Creative Workshops have been presented at Streatham & Clapham High Junior School and other educational establishments.

Royal Academy of Arts, London Watteau and Handel: 18th Century Music in London and Paris

Bridget Cunningham opened the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, London Watteau and Handel: 18th Century Music in London and Paris, 2011 and gave a lecture recital with musical highlights from the Baroque Era – the time of Watteau and Handel – capturing the spirit of the stunning music performed in both fashionable cities. The soiree took place in Burlington House, where Handel himself performed when he lived there.

Researchers think the complexity of classical music primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. Classical music more than other genres has a complex musical structure and babies as young as 3 months can pick out that structure and recognise classical music selections they have heard before. Listening to live music can be used as a motivator, to enhance creativity and build on a schools sense of community. The music can be stimulating or soothing and used in variety of forms or just simply to enhance mood and prepare young people to learn. It can be based on the National Curriculum or just for enrichment.

LEO can help students build a lifelong love of music and bring authenticity and originality to the forefront. LEO musicians introduce pupils and early music enthusiasts to instruments, styles and this wonderful cultural heritage.

Please contact LEO for more information on The Handelians, workshops, lectures and masterclasses.


LEO is currently looking for supporters and sponsors to help promote this glorious music,to be able to  put on more concerts, undertake research and recordings – as well as an extensive education programme.

Your generous donations can be enhanced by our recovery as a charity of Income Tax through the Gift Aid Scheme.
For your donations, please click on the link below:

EASYFUNDRAISING  You can also support LEO with Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile. In Amazon Smile. you will need to choose the charity ‘The London Early Opera Company Ltd’ and then continue shopping.

GIFT AID DECLARATION FORM Complete and return this to us by post to:
Rose Farm,
6 Frinton Road,
Essex, CO16 0HS


Donations can be made directly to:

Clydesdale Bank            THE LONDON EARLY OPERA CO LTD

Sort Code 82-60-13       Account 50156135

London Early Opera   Charity No. 1143989

Please contact us on the address above if you would like any more information and if you may be able to support us with future events.