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  • 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
  • The Tree of Life my soul has seen We recorded this anthem at our Edith Cavell evensong on Tuesday night (10 October 2017). Hope you like it. The soloist is Lydia Stoddart. The music's my own.    The ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2017, 1:06 PM by David Mitchell
  • Psalm 23 Here's another Youtube upload. It's my setting of Psalm 23. This was recorded in the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh in 1996. The lead singer is Helen Brough. There ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:28 AM by David Mitchell
  • Miss Cavell again The Brussels Edith Cavell Commemoration Group commissioned me to write a set of Preces and Responses in memory of Nurse Cavell for our Choral Evensong at 19h30 on 10 October ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 7:32 AM by David Mitchell
  • Let there be a city These days I've been uploading some of my favourite old recordings to Youtube. I don't know why it's taken me so long to do this. But I ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 7:21 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. If you like my books, an Amazon review is always appreciated.

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.

In between, I also compose. I've just finished a set of Preces and Responses in memory of Edith Cavell (free download), commissioned by the Belgian Edith Cavell Commemoration Group. This summer I produced new backing tracks for my Christmas Cantata. Just 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 find more of my stuff on my music page. My blog's here to the right. You can contact me on precentor at holytrinity.be.