For the coronation of King Charles III composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been asked to set a new coronation anthem to the Biblical text of Psalm 98. It will be titled 'Make a Joyful Noise' after the line in the psalm.


Loyd Webber is not the first composer to set the psalm to music, with other illustrious names including Claudio Monteverdi, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Dieterich Buxtehude and Antonín Dvořák.

Psalm 98 is the 98th psalm of the Book of Psalms, in the King James Bible.

Psalm 98

  1. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
  2. The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
  3. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
  4. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
  5. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm
  6. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
  7. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
  8. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
  9. Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

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