Review of Anthem ‘O Sing Aloud To God’
By David Lindley
The Organist March, 2020
Ian Venables’ O Sing Aloud To God is a substantial seventh minute work, first performed in 1994 and now published by Novello. The text is based on the Psalms, and the setting is framed by lively sections responding to the invitation to ‘sing aloud to God’, with a contrasting meditative, central section of complaint and longing. The piece is written for SATB choir , with divisions, and organ, ideally with a bright trumpet stop to bring out the occasional fanfares.