All Things Are Quite Silent The Choirs of Pembroke College, Cambridge & Anna Lapwood
Label: Signum Classics
Composer: Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987), Anna Lapwood, Jonathan Dove (1959), Matthew Martin (1976), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Eleanor Daley (1955), Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Imogen Holst (1907-1984), John Tavener (1944-2013), Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901), Laura Mvula (1986)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- 1All Things Are Quite Silent04:10
- Elizabeth Poston (1905 - 1987):
- 2Jesus Christ the Apple Tree03:45
- Anna Lapwood:
- 3O Nata Lux04:03
- Sally Beamish (b. 1956):
- 4In the Stillness02:19
- Jonathan Dove (b. 1959):
- 5Into Thy Hands05:45
- Kerensa Briggs:
- 6Media Vita03:02
- Caroline Shaw (b. 1982):
- 7And the Swallow04:02
- Elizabeth Poston:
- 8The Water of Tyne02:38
- Matthew Martin (b. 1976):
- 9Iustorum Animae02:29
- Amy Beach (1867 - 1944):
- 10Peace I Leave with You01:39
- Eleanor Daley (b. 1955):
- 11Grandmother Moon03:48
- Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979):
- 12Ave Maria02:29
- Eleanor Daley:
- 13Upon Your Heart03:54
- Imogen Holst (1907 - 1984):
- 14Agnus Dei03:10
- John Tavener (1944 - 2013):
- 15Mother of God03:02
- Josef Rheinberger (1839 - 1901):
- Laura Mvula (b. 1986):
- 17Sing to the Moon03:36
Info for All Things Are Quite Silent
Anna Lapwood is a trailblazing musician. As a broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and hosts a live, weekly classical music show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. This year she makes her TV presenting debut, hosting BBC Four’s coverage of BBC Young Musician 2020. Alongside her work as a conductor, Director of Music and public speaker, she performs an extensive number of organ recitals on some of the greatest instruments across Europe each season.
Directed by Anna Lapwood, The Chapel Choir of Pembroke College has one of the most exciting and varied ranges of choral endeavours among Oxbridge choirs. Alongside their primary responsibility of contributing to worship in the College’s Chapel, they engage in regular artistic collaborations, media appearances and outreach work.
The Pembroke College Girls’ Choir was founded in October 2018 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the UK’s leading girls’ choirs. Made up of 18 girls aged 11–18, the Choir sings twice a week in the College Chapel, as well as regularly singing alongside the Chapel Choir.
This album is the first commercial release for these choirs and Anna Lapwood as a conductor. It is a recording of some of the Choirs’ favourite music, some of which happens to have been written by women and some by men. It is the hope of all involved that the music on the record becomes more well-known and is performed more throughout the UK and worldwide.
Chapel Choir of Pembroke College Cambridge
Pembroke College Girls' Choir
Anna Lapwood, conductor
is a trailblazing musician. As a broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and, until July, hosted a live, weekly classical music show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. This year she made her TV presenting debut, hosting BBC Four's coverage of BBC Young Musician 2020. Alongside her work as a conductor, Director of Music and public speaker, she performs an extensive number of organ recitals on some of the greatest instruments across Europe each season.
Appointed Director of Music at Pembroke College at Cambridge University in 2016 aged just 21, she conducts the Pembroke College Chapel Choir. Their first recording will be released on Signum Records in 2020. Anna’s passion to support girls and women in music shines through every aspect of her work, especially at Pembroke. In 2018 she established the Pembroke College Girls’ Choir for girls aged 11 to 18 to inspire them to explore Church music, and runs the annual Cambridge Organ Experience for Girls. Her non-stop Bach-a-thon performance of the complete works of J.S. Bach had an all-female team of organists in its second year and is now an annual fixture in the Pembroke calendar. Multiple other initiatives for musicians of all ages and gender include the introduction of a choir designed to teach sight-reading skills to singers, open to all. In January 2020, Anna was appointed a Bye-Fellow at Pembroke College.
Beyond her work at Pembroke, Anna is increasingly in demand as a conductor, directing the BBC Singers as part of the BBC Proms Inspire programme in 2019. She has led choral workshops around the world with recent events in Thailand, Perth WA, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Lusaka. A strong advocate for music education at home and abroad, she specialises in bringing music to children from impoverished backgrounds. As a Trustee of the Muze Trust, a charity committed to making music accessible to children and young adults in Zambia, Anna works in Zambia regularly and leads the Muze Pembroke Music Exchange Programme.
Anna is a highly distinguished concert organist. Awarded an Organ Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, from where she graduated with a first class degree, she was the first female in the College’s 560-year history to be given the Scholarship. Performances have taken her to the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), St Thomas Church (New York), and across the UK and Europe on recital tours. In 2019, Anna opened the BAFTA TV awards on the organ of the Royal Festival Hall.
Formerly Principal Harpist for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra, she also studied piano, violin, viola and composition at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. Anna has a tremendous zest for life, extraordinary work ethic and passion for multiple genres of music. She has collaborated with Katy B at London Fashion Week and worked with Tom Chaplin as arranger and conductor for the choir on a recording project at Abbey Road Studios. As a singer, Anna was a member of Gareth Malone’s professional ensemble, Voices, with whom she has released two albums, performed at the Classical Brit Awards, Royal Variety Show, the National Eisteddfod of Wales and in multiple TV performances.
Having spent some years being encouraged to “play like a man” and with a dedication to her art and mission that belied her years, Anna is now humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and amused that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.