Douglas Cummings

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Douglas Cummings (1946[1] – May 14, 2014) was a British cellist. His father was the violist Keith Cummings.[2]

Cummings studied at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), and was also a student of Gregor Piatigorsky. He became principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in 1969[3] and held the post for 24 years, until 1993. He also served as a member of the LSO Board of Directors.[4] After his departure from the LSO, Cummings taught at the RAM, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Oundle School. He was a founder member of the London Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble.

His recordings include the 2004 album The British Cello Phenomenon.[5] He also performed and recorded with the Lindsay String Quartet.


  1. ^ Cummings, David (2003). International Who's Who in Classical Music 2003. Routledge. p. 166. ISBN 1-85743-174-X. 
  2. ^ "British cellist Douglas Cummings has died aged 67". The Strad. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  3. ^ Smyth, Alan (1970). To speak for ourselves: the London Symphony Orchestra. Kimber. 
  4. ^ LSO Players Emeritus "LSO Players Emeritus" Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  5. ^ Millington, Barry (April 20, 2004). "Various artists: The British Cello Phenomenon", Evening Standard, p. 46.