Anna Lapwood is a conductor, harpist and organist, based in Cambridge, UK. She is currently the Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she conducts the choir, trains the organists, and oversees college music. Alongside her role at Pembroke, she continues to pursue post-graduate study, specialising in the performance of Messiaen’s organ music.
Anna followed 6 years study at the Junior Royal Academy of Music with 3 years as Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, from where she graduated with a First Class degree. Her role at Magdalen required her to accompany the Chapel Choir every day, sharing the eight weekly services with the Assistant Organist. She was also the first female to have been awarded this prestigious organ scholarship in the College’s 560-year tradition. Her work at Magdalen also lead to regular recital opportunities, with recent venues including Magdalen, Merton and Keble Colleges, Oxford, Buxton Festival, Westminster Abbey, and the 2016 Three Choirs Festival. Anna is also regularly engaged to play the organ with London Contemporary Orchestra, with whom she has recently given solo performances of works by Arvo Pärt and Messiaen.
Alongside her work as an organist, Anna continues to be active as a harpist, both orchestrally and as a soloist. During her time as the principal harpist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, she toured with the orchestra three times a year, culminating in an annual televised performance as part of the BBC Proms. Anna also regularly covered the keyboard parts with NYO, most notably performing the solo piano part to Stravinsky’s Petrushka as part of the 2014 BBC Proms. Anna continues her work as a harpist with orchestras and choirs both in Oxford and further afield. Recent performances have included the Fauré Requiem with Magdalen College Choir, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Westminster Williamson Voices, and a solo recital for the Magdalen College Benefactor’s Gaudy.