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  • 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
  • Christmas Cantata backing trax Since April, I've been working on a complete set of backing trax for my Christmas Cantata. They're almost complete. Of course, Christmas Cantata was available for years in ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2017, 1:09 PM by David Mitchell
  • The Music of the Psalms I'm grateful to those who have been asking recently about my transcriptions of the ancient music of the Psalms. So I've decided to put some of them here ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:21 AM by David Mitchell
  • 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
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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.

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. This summer I have been producing 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'll find my blog here to the right. You can contact me on precentor at holytrinity.be.