The Singers

Michael Bell (2014-2018)

  • Tenor

Michael is the only Gent to hail from across the Irish Sea, a fact he suspects may be responsible for his having been christened ‘Irish Mark’ upon arrival in 2014. In his spare time, Michael enjoys growing comedy facial hair, speaking with a funny accent and remaining affairs current. He also dabbles in a Music degree, though strictly on a fortnightly basis.

Glen Dempsey (2015-2018)

  • Organ
  • Tenor

Given the number of wonderful accents in the Gents, and also the College’s position in East Anglia, Glen is disappointed that he has been unable to retain any of his native Suffolk vowel sounds. That being said, he often unintentionally inserts exotic diphthongs into words whilst singing. When he is not doing that, he can usually be found in the organ loft, where he indulges in his favourite pastimes of transposition, score-reading and pencil sharpening.

After spending a year playing the organ and drinking cider at Windsor Castle, Glen moved to Amsterdam on a whim and studied the organ further at a church in the heart of the Red Light District. He feels slightly prepared for life in the Gents as a result of these experiences. His other interests include searching for hitherto undiscovered functions on his scientific calculator, and pretending to know what he’s talking about generally.

Benna Flinn (2014-2016)

  • Tenor

Benedict rejoins the Gents after six months as a DJ at a local, yet European, radio station in Pays de la Loire. Before that he spent three months in Paris teaching ‘Very Early Learners’ how to say the word ‘Yellow’ and forgetting that they had gone to the toilet. His arguments with mothers at the school gate gained him respect and admiration from his colleagues. Benedict now divides his time between translating into French the works of Britpop sensation ‘Jarvis Cocker’, and investigating the reasons behind the 14 year hiatus of the lesser-known English singer-songwriter John Cunningham. He lives for the weekend.

Gopal Kambo (2015-2018) – Assistant Musical Director

  • Tenor

Having been an unsuccessful treble and then subsequent alto in his early secondary school days, Gopal’s voice eventually did just about break and he came to discover the wonders of the numerous subtleties of belting loudly as a tenor. Whilst originally he planned to get by in Cambridge under the pretence of dabbling in some French and Spanish, he ‘saw the light’ and now attempts to study for a Music degree in an equally futile manner. He can often be found by the other Gents being a connoisseur of cheese or asking people what the date is.

Henry Laird (2017-2020)

  • Tenor

Henry Laird was extracted from Middlesbrough at the age of 8 and shaved by several monks. With them he lived in rough moorland for the next 10 years, a period in which he became well-versed in 21 st century parlance and contemporary form-filling. His vow of chastity was very easy to keep during this time. It was only following receipt of his unconditional offer to join the Gents that he found himself surrounded by legions of Cornish men and woman all clamouring after his coarse habit. Henry’s solemn way of life was fascinating to the people of Truro, who appointed him their King. 500 years later, Henry IX rode through the Great Gate of St John’s College Cambridge. He has never ceased to be appalled by ‘degeneracy-run-ryfe’ and the meagre amounts of beefe consumed within the college walls. He is often to be found on the Wren Bridge taking advantage of the college’s swan-spearing licence.

Louis Watkins (2016-2019)

  • Tenor

Louis started his singing at Hampton Court Palace as a chorister in the Chapel Royal. As a treble he once recorded a solo on a track for the rock band U2, gaining him at least a few days’ worth of fame. Despite not having grown much taller since his treble days, he continued his singing and enjoyed a Gap Year as a Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral where he became best friends with the smoke alarm whenever attempting to prepare delicious feasts. He joins several Gents in reading Music at John’s although his real passions lie with supporting his local team AFC Wimbledon (a team overshadowed by a poncy tennis competition), and also explaining the riveting, heart-warming story of the club’s history. He has also been known to “love the Maypole” from time to time.