Establishing a music career, and music revival in a post-pandemic world
Saturday 25 September 2021, 10.00am to 10.50am BST
Anna Lapwood — organist, conductor, broadcaster and Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge — is a strong advocate for music education across the world. Her trailblazing path saw her become the youngest person to hold the director of music position at an Oxbridge college, taking up the position at the age of 21. She is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and is making her BBC Proms debut this year, performing as a soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Organ Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra, and presenting the penultimate evening.
Anna will be joined by Robbie Boyd, a current Queens' student, to discuss topics ranging from preserving the best of music-making during the pandemic, to aspirations for music revival beyond the pandemic and myths and challenges of establishing a music career.
Anna Lapwood is a conductor, organist, and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, which she was appointed in 2016 aged just 21.
Performing recitals on some of the world’s greatest organs each season, Anna is releasing her debut solo album this year on Signum Records.
As a radio broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and until July 2020 she hosted a live, weekly classical music show on Radio Cambridgeshire. She has also been featured on Classic FM and presented for Scala Radio. Anna made her TV presenting debut in 2020 hosting coverage of BBC Young Musician. Increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, she has also directed the BBC Singers as part of the Proms Inspire programme and has led choral workshops around the world.
Robbie Boyd (Queens' 2019)
Robbie is a 3rd year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student studying at Queens’ College. They have sung as a Bass for Pembroke Chapel Choir over the last two years; both prior to and throughout the pandemic. More recently, they have been made a member of the Cambridge Footlights; performing comedy through radio, theatre and film. This coming year- alongside continuing their role as a chorister and performer- they are directing a show, ‘A Comprehensive Understanding’ aimed at widening class access front and backstage in Cambridge Theatre.
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