Anna Lapwood is an organist, conductor, and broadcaster. She is Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge having previously been Organ Scholar at Magdalen College Oxford, the first female in the college’s 560-year history to be awarded the Scholarship. In 2022 she was appointed Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers.
Her debut solo album ‘Images’ was released on Signum in 2021 and includes her transcription of Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from “Peter Grimes”. A new anthology of organ pieces by female composers ‘Gregoriana’, commissioned and edited by Anna, was published by Stainer & Bell. Two new albums featuring the Pembroke Choirs will be released on Signum Records in 2022.
In 2021 Anna made her BBC Proms debut as a soloist in Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder. Other recent performances include a concert with the BBC Singers for International Women’s Day broadcast live on Radio 3; a recital at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and Poulenc’s ‘Organ Concerto’ with the London Chamber Orchestra. Making her TV presenting debut for BBC Young Musician, Anna was also invited to present a televised BBC Prom from the Royal Albert Hall in 2021. She is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Anna’s passion for the organ is matched by her mission to support women in music. Her commitment to opportunity, equality and diversity is evident in almost every aspect of her life and work, especially in programming. Anna is humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and proud that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.