Bach at Trinity – Glen Dempsey (St John’s College, Cambridge)


Part of the Bach at Trinity Series a year-long celebration of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and of the 40th anniversary of Trinity College’s chapel organ – completed in 1976 by the Swiss firm of Metzler Orgelbau – to be hosted by TCMS. The organ is renowned not only throughout the United Kingdom but across the world, and is regarded by many as the best instrument in the United Kingdom for playing the organ music of Bach.

  • Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 559
  • Trio Sonata No 1 in E flat BWV 525
  • Fugue in C minor (on a theme by Legrenzi) BWV 574
  • Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 740
  • Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 765
  • Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 740
  • Trio in C minor BWV 585
  • Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 531

Glen Dempsey (St John’s College, Cambridge) was born in Bury St Edmunds. His formative musical education came as a chorister in the Choir of St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, and later in the choirs of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Lessons with Michael Nicholas led to his being awarded a scholarship to study organ, piano and the voice at the Purcell School of Music. During this time he performed in many of the UK’s great concert halls as organist, pianist and conductor, including débuts at the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall … Read More


The Chapel

The Chapel, which dates from the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, is the centre of religious life for the College. There are regular services and the Chapel is also used for concerts.

The Chapel was completed in 1567, and all the statues here are of famous people who studied at Trinity, including Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and Alfred Lord Tennyson. The painting at the east end depicts St Michael binding Satan.

Further information can be on the Chapel website:


Directions by foot:
Enter the College via Great Gate off Trinity Street, head through the Porters’ Lodge and the Chapel will be on your right

By car:
For those who have requested parking in College, further details of where to park will be sent by email in advance and directions to the Chapel will be available from the Porters on the day