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Dempsey, Glen (organ)
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Glen Dempsey (organ)

Born in Suffolk in 1994, Glen’s formative musical experiences were centred 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, where he accompanies the choir in their busy schedule of daily services, tours, broadcasts and recordings, and assists in the training of the choristers. Gordon Stewart and Ann Elise Smoot have been his organ teachers. Glen’s interest in contemporary music has been developed through premiering several choir and organ and solo organ works at St John’s; by the end of his Scholarship he will have given the first performances of five new works by the College’s Composer-in-Residence, Michael Finnissy.


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