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  • 2018 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 16 December 2018. This year we did our ever-popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with orchestra twice--at 15H and 19H30--due to popular demand. We filled the ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2018, 7:18 AM by David Mitchell
  • Messiah ben Joseph For those of you interested in Ben Joseph, there's a new book on the subject by Jan A. Sigvartsen, called Messiah ben Joseph: A Type In Both Judaism and ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 1:11 AM by David Mitchell
  • Friend of SInners And here's another tune from my archives to wish you all a happy and cheerful January. Well I hope you like it. It's from an album I recorded ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 12:54 PM by David Mitchell
  • You Invaded Our Space Here's a song from my archives to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. 
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 12:48 PM by David Mitchell
  • Halelu Yah! Praise God in his temple This is my version of Psalm 150 which we recorded in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh's Royal Mile in 1996. Well, better late than never, I guess. Hope you all ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 8:37 AM by David Mitchell
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My name is David Mitchell. I'm a Scottish biblical scholar, Hebraist, musicologist, and musical director. Bright Morning Star is my publication site.

Much of my thought and work centres round the mysterious Book of Psalms—its message, its messianism, its history, its redaction, its ancient music and performance. For its history, redaction, and message, see The Message of the Psalter (1997)For its music and performance, visit the wellsprings of worship with The Songs of Ascents (2015). For its coming king, voyage to the roots of messianism with Messiah ben Joseph (2016). And for my project to publish all the Psalms with their ancient music, see Music of the Psalms. You might also like to look at some papers and articles I've written. I'm a member of the Society of Old Testament/Tanakh Studies. My current project is writing a book about Jesus

The practical side of my work finds expression in my work as Director of Music in Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels. We do lots of music in Holy Trinity, from polyphony to P&W. One of my interests is historical performance practice. You can find out about our unique Good Friday Bach Passion at www.passiontoperform.eu. We do this with wonderful Baroque musicians from the Brussels Conservatoire. And then there's our big Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with orchestra—38 players, 50 singers. Click to hear the 2018 Festival on Youtube, including my new Ding Dong March.

In between, I compose. You can hear my tunes on the Youtube page. You can find some in print on Music scores. Look out for Christmas Cantata. Get the vocal scores—a snip at £9.99—and your choir can sing this big, beautiful cantata with a backing track of full orchestra. Have a listen to Arise, shine—all nine minutes of it! You can see a couple of recent reviews of my work at

 - Yamaha-Steinberg's Dorico Blog (Dec 2018)
 - The Church Times back page interview (May 2018)
 - Podcast interview on Messiah ben Joseph (newbooksnetwork.com, 2017)
 - Interview on Messiah ben Joseph (2016)

My blog's here to the right.