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  • Matthäus-Passion So on Good Friday we had our sixth annual Bach Passion. We did the great Matthäus again. It's never easy, coordinating 70+ singers and musicians, including a dozen wonderful ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 12:21 AM by David Mitchell
  • Just voices! Last Sunday (Passion Sunday) we had a total electricity failure in Holy Trinity. No lights, no microphones, no organ. Nothing. But our choir rose magnificently to the occasion. They sang ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2017, 3:57 PM by David Mitchell
  • Psalm 136 and the handsome prince Sorry to be so long incommunicado. These days, I am pulling together Holy Trinity's sixth Bach Passion. The choir are sounding great, and the orchestra will be excellent. If ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:55 AM by David Mitchell
  • TORCH: The Jerusalem Temple Song in the Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137 On 7 February I will give a talk called ‘The Jerusalem Temple Song in the Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137’ for The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:42 AM by David Mitchell
  • SOTS: The Origins of the Masoretic Cantillation I'm very grateful to the Society of Old Testament Studies for inviting me to read a paper called "The Origins of the Masoretic Cantillation" at their centenary conference earlier ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:10 PM 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, take a visit to the wellsprings of worship with The Songs of Ascents (2015). And for its messianism, see Messiah ben Joseph (2016), a journey to the roots of messianism. You might also like to look at some papers and articles I've written.

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, mostly graduates of the Brussels Conservatoires. At the end of June we will sing Mozart's Organ Solo Mass.  

In between, I also compose. Here you can get the latest edition of my Christmas Cantata—vocal scores a snip at £7.99. Or look around and you will find more of my music: there are songs, anthems, carols, liturgical music, and more. Much of it is free to download. You'll find my blog here to the right. You can contact me on precentor at holytrinity.be.