for baritone solo, SATB, and small orchestra
The work comprises three choral movements interspersed with two movements for the soloist. The psalms chosen reflect the emotional range of the Book of Psalms, for they voice joy and sorrow, thanksgiving and despair, penitence and faith, and hope and love. Two of the choral movements are published separately: O Sing Unto the Lord; O Praise God
Orchestral material is available on hire.
Born in 1919, David Willcocks began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, later winning scholarships to Clifton College and King's College, Cambridge. Following war service, he was elected Fellow of King's College, and later became Organist of Salisbury and Worcester Cathedrals, conducting the Three Choirs Festival whilst at Worcester. Willcocks returned to King's College, Cambridge as Director of Music from 1957-1974, with the first collection of his arrangements in the Carols for Choirs series publishing in 1961. He was Director of Music at the Royal College of Music from 1974-1984, and was knighted in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Honours List in 1977. Willcocks also conducted The Bach Choir for 38 years, retiring in 1998. Sir David died in September 2015.
O sing unto the Lord a new song (Psalm 98) ; Out of the deep (Psalm 130 - baritone solo) ; O praise God in his holiness (Psalm 150) ; The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23 - baritone solo) ; Thou, O God, art praised in Sion (Psalm 65)