From the South Wales Argus, 6 July 2015
Only two questions for…London Handel Players’ harpsichord player Laurence Cummings
By Charles Hutchinson
How does performing with dancers contrast with other classical concerts, Laurence?
“Working with dancers is a revelation for musicians; we can suddenly visualise the musical impulses that we feel. As baroque musicians it’s great to get in touch with the root of all baroque music – the dance. The strong beats that we know as down beats are very often springs in the dance choreography so they’re more like up beats! This gives a sense of lift to the phrases that I find captivating. The steps are beautifully intricate, yet full of passion and it’s fascinating and inspiring to match them to the music.”
Let’s dance, not make war, looks to be a much better legacy for Louis XIV. Discuss.
“Indeed! Louis would often break his Council of War for his dancing lesson. We’ve done a lot of baroque workshops with children and it’s wonderful to see their sense of achievement and enjoyment, having mastered a dance requiring discipline, coordination and social skills. Everyone should sing and everyone should DANCE!”
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