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Organist of the Royal Albert Hall (London, UK), famous for her viral midnight rehearsals on TikTok, Lapwood brings humor and youthful joie de vivre to her instrument. Lapwood’s program will include a suite from Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar and an exploration of the plethora of colors found on the Northrop organ—from the softest flutes in Debussy’s Clair de Lune to the most earth-shattering fortissimo in Philip Glass’s Mad Rush, plus Florence Price’s jazz-soaked organ music, masterpieces from Bach and Vierne, and musical storytelling from the young Armenian composer Kristina Arakelyan.
Reviews and More
“Lapwood played the organ like a dancer, ‘fluid and free,’ [Cameron] Carpenter said, as opposed to the uptight way that was expected. She had rightly become ‘the world’s most visible organist.’”
"Music-making should be fun — it should be about sharing joy and positivity, not sharing fear.”
Know Before You Go
- In-person Seating: General Admission
- Performance Begins: Tue, Apr 2, 7:00 pm CT; On-demand through Apr 7
- Accessibility: This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
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Learn More - Explore These Themes
The content below derives from the Northrop Across Campus Program that supports Northrop's mission towards intersections between performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants now and for generations to come.
Find ways to make thematic connections to these suggested topics:
- Music: Organ, Film Scores
- Music Theory
- Music Composition
- Music Education
Take a deeper dive with these resources that provide additional information about the performers, the history of the artform, and the artistic process.
- Anna Lapwood—Artist Website
- Anna Lapwood Youtube - A day in the life: Midnight Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall
- Anna Lapwood Youtube - Cornfield Chase (From "Interstellar")
- The New York Times - On TikTok, an Organist Finds an Audience and Herself Find in U of M Library
- Classic FM Meets - Anna Lapwood "Young Girls can be Organists too"
- Having a GAS with... - Anna Lapwood: Organ's Power in Contemporary Music!
Start a conversation about the performance, or encourage reflection, using these questions as inspiration.
In an interview with Classic FM, Anna Lapwood says that she feels “an immense sense of responsibility to help young girls realize that they can be organists too.” Every year, she helps put on the Cambridge Organ experience for girls to help inspire the next generation of organists.
- How do role models like Anna Lapwood help inspire people to imagine themselves in male-dominated fields?
- What role does education play in advancing equality?
- Who were your childhood role models? What qualities did you admire?
Anna Lapwood sometimes plays modern music, like joining a concert with dance music artist Bonobo and adapting film scores for the organ. In her interview on Having a GAS with…, Anna Lapwood says “genre shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying good music.”
- When you think of the organ, what kinds of music do you think of?
- How might experimenting with genre introduce the organ to new audiences?
- Do you enjoy a broad array of music? Why or why not?
Anna Lapwood has over 530,000 followers on TikTok. She posts videos of herself playing, funny mishaps, and unexpected encounters during midnight practice sessions at the Royal Albert Hall.
- How can social media create excitement over potentially niche fields, like the organ?
- How might Lapwood’s humor and playfulness make her music seem more accessible?
- What new passions or interests have you uncovered on social media or the internet?
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.