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I wrote this piece for the inaugural Gondwana Voices National Choral School Young Composer Award in 2006.

It was premiered by Gondwana Voices in January 2006 + broadcast nationally by ABC Classic FM in June 2006.

It is entitled “Waking Dreamer”, with lyrics written to inspire + empower the young choristers of Gondwana Voices. It has been mistakenly titled, “Walking Dreamer”, which makes me laugh + I quite like! Inspires thoughts of industrious lemmings, or sleep-walkers on a mission! 😉

Performance Date: January 2010, Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music in Sydney

Choir: Gondwana Singers

Conductor: Ben van Tienen

Pianist: Luke Byrne

Waking Dreamer

I am dawn, I am sunlight, I am the promise of a brand new day

I am sky, I am noontide, I am the wonder of an open page

Open eyes and see the world! 

Hush! I am the waking dreamer

Open eyes so much to tell!

Hush! I am the waking dreamer

There is a spirit alive within me

And all I dream, I dare to see

I am the laughter of the endless salty sea

The fragrant hush of mighty eucalyptus trees

The cutting cold of dead of night which stars so silently 

And every thought and sound is so alive in me

How blessed I must be to sing upon the winds of change

Winds of change! Turning, spinning, blurring, I’m a dreamer!

Waking dreamer, tumbling, spinning dreamer

Waking dreamer, touch the ground and 

I feel the ache of my history

I dare to write my reality

How blessed I may sing upon the winds of change

I feel the ache of history, I touch the searing pain

And though I tumble through each word, each page, each chapter read

I know that I can change the course of what is said

Dream and see, dream and believe!

Seeker! Sleeper! Speaker! See-er!

Dreamer, wake!

waking dreamer…a choral composition

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