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  • The Aleppo Codex We hear a lot of tragic news from Aleppo these days. Some of you will know, tho, that the most perfect of all Hebrew Bible manuscripts, called the Aleppo Codex ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:27 AM by David Mitchell
  • Musical function of the Masoretic accents Following on from my last blog, a little more explanation on the Masoretic te‘amim. The text of the Hebrew/Aramaic Bible is surrounded by a system of accents. There ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 2:44 AM by David Mitchell
  • Oldest Christian hymn with music Did you know that the oldest Christian hymn accompanied with music notation exists in a manuscript dating from the late 3rd century AD? It was discovered among the papyri from ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 8:23 AM by David Mitchell
  • Physiologie and Musik (Delitzsch) In preparing my paper for SOTS in January, I've been re-reading Physiologie und Musik in ihrer Bedeutung für die Grammatik by Franz Delitzsch. Delitzsch was one of the ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:51 AM by David Mitchell
  • SOTS 'Messiah' Wiki This coming week I'm finishing an article for the Society of Old Testament Studies Wiki page on 'Messiah'. The question really is: How, humanly speaking, did the Israelite concept ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2016, 1:20 PM by David Mitchell
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My name is David Mitchell. I'm a Scottish musicologist, biblical scholar, and musical director. Bright Morning Star is my publication site. Here you can get my new book on Messiah ben Joseph—a journey to the roots of messianism. Or visit the wellsprings of worship with last year's volume on The Songs of Ascents. Here too you can get the latest edition of the wonderful Christmas Cantatavocal scores only £7.99. Or try the tabs for other publications.

My current project is writing papers for the Society of Old Testament Studies Conference (January 2017) on 'The Antiquity of the Masoretic Cantillation' and for the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (February 2017) on 'Decoding the Masoretic Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137'. These will form the basis for a forthcoming book, The Masoretic Cantillation.

Here too you can find out about my work as Director of Music in Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels. This summer, between things, I wrote a communion service in memoriam William Tyndale, which we'll sing, for the anniversary of his death, from 9 to 30 October. So the programme for this year is: Tyndale Service in October, choral evensong in November, and Nine Lessons and Carols with orchestra in December. In 2017, we will have Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, and the Mozart Organ Solo Mass, interspersed with choral evensongs and concerts. Phew! I'm getting going.

If you like you can check out various journal articles I've written or download some songs and arrangements. My blog is here to the right. You can contact me on precentor at holytrinity.be.