Anna Lapwood is an organist, conductor and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she conducts the Chapel Choir and Girls’ Choir. While studying at Oxford University, Anna was the first female in Magdalen College’s 560-year history to be awarded the Organ Scholarship. Now performing multiple recitals each season, she released her debut solo album “Images” in the autumn of 2021.
Anna made her BBC Proms debut at as soloist in Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ in September 2021 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, repeating the Saint-Saëns later that month with conductor Kazuki Yamada and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Anna made her TV presenting debut in 2020/21 hosting coverage of BBC Young Musician, followed by presenting a televised Prom in September 2021. As a radio broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. She has also been featured on Classic FM and presented for Scala Radio.
A strong advocate for music education at home and abroad, she specialises in bringing music to children from impoverished backgrounds. When the Covid-19 Pandemic put a stop to much of Anna's work in this area overseas she focussed her efforts closer to home, founding and conducting the NHS Chorus-19, made up of over 1000 NHS staff from across the UK.
Anna is humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and proud that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.