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
27 February 2019

 

  • Responses and Preces: Rose
  • Psalm 128 (tone ii)
  • Hassler: Magnificat quinti toni
  • Nunc Dimittis quinti toni
  • Poulenc: Seigneur, je vous en prie​

Latest news

The President of St John’s College – Dr Frank Salmon, FSA – has written programme notes for the Choir’s new recording, Locus Iste, telling the story of our College Chapel. The recording marks the 150th anniversary of the Chapel’s Consecration.

In the first part of these serialised notes, Dr Salmon explains how our current College Chapel came to be built.

Choral singing comes no better

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer