New anthem: Psalm 98

T he St David’s Singers will present my new setting of Psalm 98 this Sunday. As many settings of this psalm naturally focus on the musical language that calls upon the singer/listener, instrumentalists, and even the sea, lands, rivers, and hills to ‘sing a new song’, the text is appointed here in the pre-Advent season more particularly for the assertions in the final verse that ‘in righteousness shall he judge the world / and the peoples with equity’, and I have tried to reflect the latter as well as the former ideas (which are in any case not truly separable).