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Singing for Ceremonies

From time to time throughout my career I have had the pleasure of singing at weddings.  This weekend, thanks to an expression of interest, I sorted out and dusted down my ‘Repertoire for Ceremonies’.   Dashing up and down runs in Handel’s ‘Rejoice’ (Messiah) I was reminded how a piece can give just the right lift to a formal ceremony.  And, how a contemplative Pie Jesu, for example, can unlock emotions and give more room to grieve at a funeral.

If you’re interested, I’m available for communions, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, bas mitzvahs, funerals, weddings – and hey, why not divorces too?  A little bit of music as you leave the court room?  Of course, I’d let the happy (?) couple choose the musical tone.  ‘Rejoice’ might work for some.  Or something more funereal, perhaps?  Dona nobis pacem?

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