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.

The composition of new music for church choirs is in a vigorous, creative phase, and the LFCCM is a worthy champion of all the good work currently going on.

Judith Weir, composer