Your Wedding Musicâ€‹
The wedding service itself is the most important part of your day - without this, you wouldn’t be married!
"We cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm and helpfulness in making the music really come to life for the service ... it really was a fantastic surprise to hear how well the music came together which, together with the choir, inspired the rest of the congregation to sing along with such enthusiasm" - April 2018
To help make the marriage ceremony an occasion for you and your invited guests to remember, we have the resources to help you with your music selection, as well as to make the music sound great on the day.
Some couples already know or have some idea of which hymns and music they would like to have; others would like some help. Whichever category you come under, we have some suggestions below for you to choose from to help you on your way - and most of the music items are linked to an audio file so you can hear what each piece sounds like (don't feel you have to listen to the whole piece - just take a sample!)â€‹; for the hymns, some have audio links and there is also a link to a PDF file at the top of the list of hymns so you can see the full texts.
When you have made your choices or if you would like help to make your choices please contact the organist Mrs. Leo Gibb by telephone: 01590 626603 or by email: email@example.com
At least one face to face meeting in the church, with the organist, is highly recommended. If we can get to know each other and make choices together, the music for your wedding is more likely to be exactly how you would like it to be!
Entrance of the Bride – some suggestions:
and many more on request
During the Signing of the Registers
If you choose a choral piece, you will have needed to book the choir several months in advance to ensure that as many voices as possible are able to make that date.
This is the opportunity to choose a piece, or pieces, choral or instrumental, which mean a lot to both of you. Don’r be afraid to ask for music memories from school days, or even something you might not think ‘suitable’ for the occasion. You can discuss possible choices with the organist; your choice can nearly always be accommodated. You may want to invite your own soloists to play or sing during the signing. It is nearly always possible to arrange this, but if your soloist requires accompaniment for their piece then a time for rehearsal must be arranged with the organist well before the wedding date. Church wardens also need to be aware of any additional seating, music stands etc. which may need placing.
Some classical choral suggestions are:
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Brother James’ Air (“The Lord’s My Shepherd”) - Bain
For the Beauty of the Earth - Rutter
God be in my head - Rutter
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Make me a Channel of Your Peace
O Perfect Love
Panis Angelicus - Franck
The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Rutter
Organ only: Discuss any ‘organ only’ choices and ideas with your organist