Take my life and let it be

This is a live recording of Take my life and let it be by Gail Randall. It was performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Thursday 14 May 2015 by The Choir of St Pancras Parish Church directed by Christopher Batchelor. The organist is Michael Waldron.

Born in Coventry, Gail Randall studied flute, piano and singing at Trinity College of Music, followed by a PGCE course at Bretton Hall College of Education. During her teaching career she composed and arranged for wind bands and ensembles, conducting a performance of her own Three Movements for Piano and Wind Orchestra at a Music for Youth final in London in 1993. Since retirement, Randall has composed for choir, carillon, and handbells, reflecting a lifelong interest in campanology. Her choral setting of Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth received its first performance in November 2014.

Sebastian ForbesAs composer and founder-patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, I have keenly watched it grow from its beginnings more than a decade ago. The Festival quickly became an established and much valued event in London’s musical calendar, bringing proper attention to the vital place of new music in the church’s repertoire. Indeed, it would now be hard to envisage the month of May without the enjoyment of this exciting enterprise.

Sebastian Forbes, composer