Praise Him with the Sound of the Trumpet was commissioned by Alan and Victoria Young to celebrate the eighteenth birthday of their daughter, Kate, to whom the anthem is dedicated. The first performance was given by the Choir of Guildford Cathedral, in which Kate had been a chorister for some time. Kateʼs great love of music guided the composerʼs choice of text: Psalm 150 is one of the shortest of all the psalms, but has the longest list of musical instruments  trumpet, timbrel and dance, stringed instruments and organs, the psaltery and harp, loud and high-sounding cymbals  all inviting jubilant musical illustration.