Organ Recital: Anna Lapwood

March 20, 2025 | 4pm

Tickets go on sale July 1st!

“She had rightly become 'the world’s most visible organist'.”
-New York Times

"This rising star in classical music is fighting for more women to play an instrument which has long been considered a male occupation: the organ."
-Classic FM

This program brings together old and new, situating the music of Duruflé, Bach & Debussy alongside contemporary music by composers such as Hans Zimmer & Olivia Belli. The whole program is inspired by the changing night sky, whether through the lens of space travel with music from Hans Zimmer’s Score to Interstellar, or through the world of dreams with Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Above all, we will be exploring the capacity of the organ to act as a storyteller, its many voices narrating stories in vivid technicolor. The St. Ignatius Loyola Children's Choirs will also play a part in this exciting concert!

Anna Lapwood MBE is an associate artist of the Royal Albert Hall (London) and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College (Cambridge). She was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music and the prestigious Gamechanger Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2023. Anna regularly performs concertos with leading symphony orchestras and is heard playing recitals in concert halls and churches across Europe and the United States; she will make her debut appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2024. Anna has also performed with Alison Balsom, Bonobo and Benedict Cumberbatch. As a broadcaster, she made her TV presenting debut on BBC Young Musician (also serving as Chair of the Jury in 2022), has hosted a televised Prom and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4. Anna also reaches a large online audience with over 1 million social media followers. She was the first female in Magdalen College Oxford’s 560-year history to be awarded the Organ Scholarship and became Ambassador of the Cathedral Music Trust in 2022. Anna runs the annual Cambridge Organ Experience for Girls and in 2022, curated and edited ‘Gregoriana’ for Stainer & Bell, an anthology of 12 new organ pieces by female composers which was awarded Presto Music’s Publication of the Year. Following four successful albums on Signum Classics, Anna signed to SONY Classical in 2023 releasing an EP ‘Midnight Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall’ followed by the no.1 album LUNA in September.

“Imaginative, open-minded and a brilliant musician, the organist and conductor Anna Lapwood is the dream ambassador for classical music.”

“She is much more than a gifted organist, choral conductor and social media sensation…she’s a star on a mission.”
-The Sunday Times

Photo by Tom Arber.

Listen to Anna Lapwood

Repertoire (Selected)

Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 - Durufle

Suite from Interstellar - Hans Zimmer trans. Lapwood

Olivia Belli Limina Luminis

Debussy Clair de Lune

Concerts at St. Ignatius