Anna Lapwood -- organist, conductor, and broadcaster -- is Director of Music and a Bye-Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall, Artist in Association with the BBC Singers, and Ambassador of the Cathedral Music Trust. While studying at Oxford University, she became the first female in Magdalen College’s 560-year history to be awarded its Organ Scholarship. https://www.annalapwood.co.uk
Anna made her 2021 debut for the BBC Proms as a soloist in Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ with The Hallé. Recently she has performed with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Classic FM Live broadcast on Classic FM and Sky Arts TV, and has performed with Alison Balsom, Bonobo, Emma Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alex Macqueen. As a radio broadcaster she regularly contributes to BBC Radio 3 and 4. Anna has released four albums with Signum Records, including her debut solo album ‘Images’.
In this concert, Anna will present a sparkling and eclectic program of music for the organ, including favourites by Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy, new gems commissioned by Anna to shine a light on contemporary female composers, and Anna’s new transcriptions of some of the best-loved film soundtracks of our time.
First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto was founded in 1894. The current sanctuary building, with its unique architectural style, was consecrated in 1963 and houses the Merritt C. Speidel organ, one of the largest and most versatile on the West Coast. In addition to providing a home for FUMC’s worshipping community, and its Chancel Choir, and instrumental groups, the soaring sanctuary structure, with more than 1500 colored glass windows, continues to be a treasured venue for church-sponsored concerts and concerts by many other Palo Alto and San Francisco Bay Area choral and instrumental groups.
For more information, visit https://firstpaloalto.com
Anna will also present an Organ Workshop/Demonstration at FUMC on Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 PM:
Ever wanted the chance to play a musical instrument so loud that it can shake entire buildings? Join Anna Lapwood for a pipe organ demonstration on the 25th March - she will explain how the instrument works, demonstrate some of its weird and wonderful sounds through favourite film soundtrack scores, and even give you the chance to try the instrument for yourself. No previous experience necessary! There is no cost for this event.
Students over 18 with a student ID: $10
Youth under 18 with a paying adult: $10