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The choice of music for a funeral is one of the most important aspects of the ceremony. The music, whether modern or classical, should ideally be in keeping with the taste of the person who has died, whilst also providing comfort to the bereaved. We can offer help, advice and suggestions for music of all kinds.
Some families like to use a recording, but many prefer to hear the music performed live. If you engage some musicians for the ceremony, they will not only be able to perform the music you have chosen, but will also be able to lead the singing. Even a very small choir – of just four voices – will make any funeral service more memorable. At Albins we are able to arrange first-class choirs, with singers taken from a pool of professional musicians from London’s top cathedrals and churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and accompanied by organists of a similar calibre. All are sensitive and discreet, providing immaculate music-making in a gentle and understated manner.
We can also supply harpists, trumpeters, Irish and Scottish pipers, other solo instrumentalists (such as flautists, violinists etc), brass, wind and string ensembles (such as funeral trumpets and muffled drums, string quartets etc) and even marching jazz bands.
Below are some examples of the music that can be used:
- Abide with me
- Dear Lord and Father of mankind
- Make me a channel of your peace
- Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
- The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want
- Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
- Thine be the glory, risen conquering son
- Nunc dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart) – T Tallis
- Soave sia il vento (The Farewell Trio), from Cosi fan tutte – WA Mozart
- Thou knowest, Lord from Funeral music for Queen Mary (1695) – H Purcell
- Ave Maria – R Parsons or F Schubert
- Panis angelicus – C Franck
- You raise me up – Josh Groban
- The wind beneath my wings – Bette Midler
- We’ll meet again – Vera Lynn
- Over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy
- Candle in the wind – Elton John
- Con te partiro (Time to say goodbye) – Andrea Bocelli
- Nella fantasia (Gabriel’s Oboe) – Ennio Morricone
- No matter what – Boyzone
- Going home (Theme from New World Symphony) – A Dvorak
- Nessun dorma, from Turandot – G Puccini
- O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi – G Puccini
- Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), from Nabucco – G Verdi
- Danny boy – traditional Irish
- When I am laid in earth – H Purcell
Jay Britton – Soprano
Jay is proud to have a long standing association with F.A. Albin and Sons regularly performing as the soloist at their funerals and featuring in their prestigious Christmas Memorial Service.
Jay began her association with Albins at the age of 18 after singing at a family funeral, and the firm has supported her career ever since.
Jay Britton, graduated with honours from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Julie Kennard and Audrey Hyland, and was awarded a first for her final recital.
Jay is in great demand as a recitalist, and has appeared at the House of Commons, the St George's Arts Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, Harrods, and with the prize winning organist Henry Fairs.
Jay will work closely with each family to ensure that the music is tailored to meet specific requirements. She is happy to source music that is not on her extensive repertoire list. Accompaniment can be provided by high class backing tracks, string quartet, piano, organ, harp, harpsichord or guitar.
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