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, she became the first female in Magdalen College's 560-year history to be awarded its Organ Scholarship.

In this concert, Anna will present a sparkling and eclectic program of music for the organ, including favorites 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.

Anna Lapwood is like no other musician.  She has signed a major label deal with Sony Classical ( and will release a 5 track EP of film transcriptions in April, entitled ‘Midnight Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall’, recorded on the iconic organ of the Royal Albert Hall.

The 27-year-old from a small Oxfordshire village has been making waves with her exciting approach to organ playing, awakening the senses of young and old alike, opening the gateways to classical music and shining a light on an often under-appreciated instrument.  The Sunday Times described her as “a star on a mission and a social media sensation”. The New York Times heralded her as “the world’s most visible organist”, while The i declared: “Tik Tok organist told to ‘play like a man’ is leading musical gender equality movement.”

Interested in learning more about this amazing instrument? Join Anna Lapwood for a pipe organ demonstration on the 25th March at 6:30pm. She will explain how the instrument works and demonstrate some of its weird and wonderful sounds through favorite film soundtrack scores. Young musicians may even get the chance to try the instrument for themselves. No previous experience necessary!


  • Occurs Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


First United Methodist Church

625 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Sandra Wilson

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