In Winter’s House (TTBarBB) – PDF Download


Duration c.5’

Themes: Winter, darkness, light

Suitable for: Professional or amateur choirs

In Winter’s House was commissioned by Tenebrae and first performed by the choir at their concert at the Wigmore Hall on 1st December 2019.

Text:  by Jane Draycott

In winter’s house there’s a room
that’s pale and still as mist in a field
while outside in the street every gate’s shut firm,

every face as cold as steel.
In winter’s house there’s a bed
that is spread with frost and feathers,
that gleams in the half-light like rain in a disused yard
or a pearl in a choked-up stream.
In winter’s house there’s a child
asleep in a dream of light that grows out
of the dark, a flame you can hold in your hand
like a flower or a torch on the street.
In winter’s house there’s a tale
that’s told of a great chandelier in a garden,
of fire that catches and travels for miles,
of all gates and windows wide open.
In winter’s house there’s a flame
being dreamt by a child in the night,
in the small quiet house at the turn in the lane
where the darkness gives way to light.

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