We have launched a NEW fundraiser ‘Raise the Roof’ – to raise £10,000  for recordings, streamed performances and our Handelians educational scheme. Please support us:
We are also looking for people to pledge support for us Baroque Best – making music happen! Pledge ( 
so that we can join The BIG CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE to record new music.

Join us for our Wednesday Watch -new weekly videos on YouTube  London Early Opera – YouTube

Our latest album Handel’s Queens is out now:

Superb album” Classic FM July 2019

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

and we were thrilled to have been shortlisted for nominations for the Gramophone Awards 2020 

“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


Available here

Fundraising for London Early Opera.

Oxford Youth Choirs – Saturday at Noon Series.

Living Room Live Concerts

Bridget Cunningham’s plays Bach and Handel live from home during the COVID-19 confinement.

Bridget Cunningham talks to Fiona Jessica-Wilson about Handel’s singers

Listen here

London Early Opera has made an impact around the world for outstanding performances imaginative programmes, award winning research of baroque music, acclaimed CD recordings and for nurturing international singers and musicians in the baroque style.
Our Artistic Director, Bridget Cunningham coaches and directs from the harpsichord and researches the music with a group of leading historians and musicologists from around the world creating our own new editions and scores. Our emerging artists scheme The Handelians focuses on the development and education of exceptional singers and musicians 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 LEO was shortlisted for nominations for Gramophone Music Award 2020:

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

Since 2008 our diverse performances range from Handel’s Semele, Acis and Galatea, Messiah, Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Trafalgar Day Concert with Jamie Crick, a 400th Anniversary concert of Monteverdi‘s 1610 Vespers at Southwark Cathedral, Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres, several performances at the London Handel Festival, Handel Hendrix and the Foundling Museums, a recording for period instruments of the Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth 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.

LEO are currently fundraising for £10,000 towards future concerts, educational work and world premier recordings to support our musicians in need.

We have no overheads or office costs and all donations given go directly towards music making – musical research, editions, education, recordings and performances.
London Early Opera established in 2008 and is a UK Registered Charity No. 1143989 working in partnership with the French Association CréAquitaine.

Music – the ultimate learning and sharing opportunity

Our emerging artists educational scheme The Handelians focuses on the development and education of exceptional singers and musicians inspiring the future generations – one of Handel’s passions.

Singers and musicians from LEO offer coaching sessions focusing on musical issues, technique, historical performance practice, repertoire as well as career advice. We also offer outreach workshops for schools and conservatoires based on the National Curriculum or purely for enrichment.

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

The Handelians have formed an exciting stylish young chamber group specialising in the music of Handel and other baroque composers. A new project for this   programme is being led by leading soprano Anna Gorbachyova – Ogilvie who has performed the title role of Handel’s magical opera Alcina at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, 2019. She is joined by baroque violinists Marguerite Wassermann and Maxim Del Mar, Joanna Patrick -baroque viola, Camilla Morse-Glover – baroque cello and Callum Anderson on the harpsichord with other players to explore exceptional new repertoire.

Lecture Recitals and Research –  sharing and learning

Our Artistic Director, Bridget Cunningham and various members of LEO have given specialist lecture recitals on music and art for the Royal Academy of Arts, Handel Hendrix Museum, Royal College of Music and the National Gallery. We also make and feature on videos, talks and podcasts for online forums and platforms such as Vocalista, the Oxford Youth Choirs ‘Saturday at Noon’ series and Living Room Live. And have our own YouTube Channel

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All of our artists are leading exponents of baroque research and work closely with other musicologists, historians, editors and researchers as we believe that music is the ultimate learning and sharing opportunity.

Past Educational Events

One of LEO’s theorbo player Cesar Queruz played for young pupils with learning difficulties at the Jack Tizard school. The Deputy Head 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.

Bridget Cunningham opened the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, London Watteau and Handel: 18th Century Music in London and Paris 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 at Burlington House, where Handel lived.








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    London Early Opera  is currently looking for supporters and sponsors to help promote this glorious music, to be able to put on more concerts and recordings – as well as support our extensive education programme for all students and from all backgrounds and levels.
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