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Bernadette Farrell
Short Name: Bernadette Farrell
Full Name: Farrell, Bernadette, 1957-
Birth Year: 1957

One of Britain's leading liturgical composers since the 1970's, Bernadette Farrell is known throughout the world for her challenging texts and memorable melodies. Yet she says, "Writing wasn't my intention or plan. It was a practical response to the needs around me." In addition to her part in the groundbreaking St. Thomas More Group collections, Bernadette's long and fruitful association with OCP has produced five recordings.

As part of her strong commitment to justice and peace, Bernadette eagerly works with people of all denominations. At a Baptist assembly in Cardiff in May 2003, an observer wrote: "Worship at this year's assembly was slightly different from the last few years. With Bernadette Farrell leading us and using many of her own songs that come out of a Catholic tradition, she helped us focus on the theme of social justice and social action as we seek to work out the implications of the Gospel and its message of resurrection hope. It was refreshing to be reminded of the mission dimension of worship and the strong biblical connection between worship and justice as found in the preaching of Jesus, as well as the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament teachings of Peter and James."

Bernadette, who was born in West Yorkshire in the north of England, has lived in London for many years. While a music advisor for the Westminster Diocese, she was responsible for music and liturgy, "but our ministry naturally flowed into social action." Her current work as a community organiser for LONDON CITIZENS is a reflection of her commitment to be involved, to work shoulder to shoulder with those struggling for adequate housing, a living wage, proper community policing, access to quality health services, and so on.

One of Bernadette's recent songs, "Alleluia, Raise The Gospel", epitomises the spirit of her current music and the challenges she has laid down for herself in order to make the world a better place: (1) engage creatively with the decision makers in one's neighbourhood, town and country; (2) embrace and promote a theology that inspires people to imagine a new future; and (3) work to create new economic institutions for our new global situation. As Bernadette says, "If we do nothing, we will not have a planet fit to hand on to our children."

Tunes by Bernadette Farrell (23)sort iconAsInstances
[A child is born for us]Bernadette Farrell (Composer)2
[As we proclaim your death]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)6
[Be with your people, Lord]Bernadette Farrell (Composer)2
[Behold the face of Christ]Bernadette Farrell (Composer)2
[Blessed those whose hearts are gentle]Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
EASTERTIDE ACCLAMATIONBernardette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
EVERYDAY GODBernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)2
[God, beyond our dreams]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)3
[God has chosen me]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)5
GOD MADE ME (Farrell)Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
[God of Abraham, lead us]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)2
GOSPEL GREETINGBernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
ENGLAND (Farrell)Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)8
[If we have died with him]Bernadette Farrell (Composer)7
[If you would follow me]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)3
LITANY OF THE WORDBernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
CHRIST BE OUR LIGHTBernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)12
[Lord Jesus Christ, you are the bread of life]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)2
[O God, you search me and you know me] (Farrell)Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)8
[Our hunger for your Word]Bernadette Farrell (Composer)2
WORD OF GODBernadette Farrell (b. 1957) (Composer)2
[You are light which shines in darkness]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)2
[You are the Word who calls us out of darkness]Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957 (Composer)10