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LUNCHTIME PIANO CONCERT - GLEN DEMPSEY

18 June 2020 1:10pm

Goldberg Variations J.S. Bach.

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.

In 2013 Glen was appointed Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. In this role he had responsibility for accompanying and directing the choir's daily services and for assisting in the training of 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. During this time he studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Glen then spent four years as Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, where he accompanied the choir in the daily services, as well as for its busy schedule of tours, broadcasts and recordings. He also assisted in the training of the choir. Gordon Stewart and Ann Elise Smoot were 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 College, including a three-year collaboration with Michael Finnissy.

In August 2019 Glen took up the posts of Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral and Organist of King's Ely. In addition to accompanying Ely Cathedral Boys' Choir, he assists in the choir-training and directs the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers. He is also active as a freelance organist and conductor.

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