Glen Dempsey

Glen Dempsey
Career: 
Organ Scholar at St John's
Positions
Organ Scholar
2015

Born in Suffolk in 1994, Glen’s formative musical experiences were centered around the English choral tradition - as a chorister in St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds and later in the choirs of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Organ lessons with Michael Nicholas led to his being awarded a scholarship as a répétiteur to study at the Purcell School of Music. During this time Glen performed in all the major concert halls of London as a soloist and chamber musician on the organ and piano, and also conducted at the Wigmore Hall.

In 2013 Glen was appointed Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. In this role he was responsible for accompanying and directing the choir’s daily services and for training the choristers, as well as for playing at many events attended by the British Royal Family. Alongside his organ studies with Ann Elise Smoot he maintained a varied performance profile as organist, conductor and tenor.

During the academic year 2014/15 he resided in the Netherlands and was the Assistant Organist of St Nicholas’s Basilica, Amsterdam. Under the mentorship of Michael Hedley, Glen accompanied the majority of the choral services in the Basilica, as well as having had responsibility for conducting the Basilica’s various choirs and ensembles. During this time he studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Glen became Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge in October 2015.

Latest webcast

Recorded on
23 February 2020

 

 

  • Responses: Tomkins (Peterhouse)
  • Psalm 109 (omit vv. 5-19) (Barnby, Hylton Stewart)
  • Stanford in B flat
  • MacMillan: O give thanks unto the Lord
  • Hymns 341, 461 (tune: Corvedale)
  • Preacher: Professor Deborah Howard - Professors Professing: The Human search for God - Architecture
  • Voluntary: Allegro Maestoso (Sonata in G) - Elgar

Latest news

Pious Anthems & Voluntaries

The Choir has recorded a new nine-part cycle inspired by the architecture of the College Chapel, and composed by Michael Finnissy, St John's Composer in Residence 2016-19

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer