Bernadette Farrell

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Bernadette Farrell (born 1957) is a British Catholic hymnwriter whose works have gained popularity among Christians of a variety of denominations. She has composed hymns alone and with her husband Owen Alstott; they live with their daughter, Joanna, in Greenwich, London.[1]

Her music in contemporary Catholic culture[edit]

Bernadette Farrell is one of many musicians who compose contemporary Catholic liturgical music. This music has enjoyed widespread success throughout the English-speaking world. Among her best-known compositions are "Christ, Be Our Light", "Restless Is The Heart", "God, Beyond All Names" and "O God, You Search Me".

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2006, both Farrell and her husband Owen Alstott were among the recipients of that year's Pastoral Musician of the Year, given by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.[2]


  1. ^ "Catholic composer works for justice on streets of London". Catholic News Service. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  2. ^ "NPM Awards". National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Retrieved 2016-07-03. 

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