Saffron Walden's Choral Society since 1883
Patron: John Rutter | Music Director: Janet Wheeler
Incorporating SignuptoSing

Singing Day with Anna Lapwood

Saturday 25th January 2020 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
Stapleford Granary, Stapleford

We invite all singers to join us for a singing day led by Anna Lapwood, widely recognised as one of the outstanding musicians of her generation.

The day is aimed at active singers and will use Bach's wonderful Magnificat as our text. Areas of focus will include:

  • Exploring vocal exercises that help unlock the more complicated technical passages within the Magnificat
  • Improving our interpretation and performance by looking at how as singers, we should respond to the 'orchestra' and how thinking instrumentally can be helpful
  • Shaping the text, by allowing the natural emphasis of Latin text to help shape the musical phrases 
  • Understanding counterpoint; by dissecting the contrapuntal writing in 'Sicut locutus etc' and seeing how a better understanding can influence the way we sing

We are singing in the lovely Stapleford Granary for which you can find directions and details here.

Our Singing Days are always energetic, full of musical fun and good humour, whilst providing opportunities for all singers, regardless of experience, to learn something useful and practical. We extend a warm welcome to you to come and join us, using the link below, for a musically educational and uplifting day.

Approximate Timetable:

09:45 Registration for singers

10:00 11:15 Session 1 beginning with a warm-up

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.45 Session 2

12.45 - 13.30 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:00 Session 3

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00 Final sing through (not public performance)


About Anna:

Anna is a trailblazing musician.  As a broadcaster she is regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and hosts a live, weekly classical music show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.