Christine Pendrill began her career as a cor anglais player with the New Philharmonia while still studying at the Royal College of Music. After several years freelancing, she joined the Philharmonia in 1980. Five years later, Christine was invited to become Principal Cor Anglais of the London Symphony Orchestra. The following year she became the first woman in the orchestra's history to be elected to its Board of Directors, a role she fulfilled for three years.
As an orchestral player and soloist, Christine has performed and recorded all over the world. In the early 1990s, the late Alan Benjamin and his family offered to commission a solo work for Christine and the LSO. The result was 'The World's Ransoming' by James MacMillan, premiered in 1996 at the Barbican, conducted by Kent Nagano.