The British composer Sir Edward Elgar, 1st Baronet Elgar, member of the Order of Merit, and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order was a skillful composer of music in many genres. One area in which he excelled was in choral music. Elgar was a Roman Catholic. Nevertheless, like William Byrd before him, a Catholic composer of the Renaissance period, he also composed musical works for the Church of England as well. One of the greatest of these is his anthem Great is the Lord. A setting of Psalm 48, it was first performed in Westminster Abbey in 1912.