Dawn Song – Richard Barnard



For unaccompanied choir (SATB with divisi), Dawn Song was written for Bath Camerata and Benjamin Goodson for first performance on 2nd October 2021 at Bath Assembly Rooms, celebrating the choir’s first live concert after the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.


About the dark sea’s marge
Move the shores of dawn.
Sounds the one golden note
Of the passing star.
Earth lies mute.

From the hill-riven sky
Showers the white air;
The waking leaves
Send a ripple of song down the mountain-side.
The cedars, sleeping
On the swing of the cliffs,
Stir, stand erect,
With slow arms
Push wide their misty doors.
Shadow, like a gull,
Lifts from the gleaming sea.
Morning, with bells in her bright hair,
Enters the world.

Text from Dawn Song by Constance Lindsay Skinner (1877 – 1939)