Music for a funeral
A beautiful piece of music can release emotions and assists mourners with saying farewell. It also lends dignity to the occasion and makes the experience memorable for the bereaved.
When choosing the music for a memorial service or funeral, I ascertain the repertoire played during the ceremony to be a befitting tribute to those who have passed away whilst leaving a lasting impression with family and friends.
Whether it is a funeral or a memorial service, the right music can transform a painful ordeal into an event which will calm sorrow and bring about quiet contemplation.
It’s best not to have too much music or to expect people to sit and listen to long pieces of music. Two or three short pieces at the most would be appropriate for a thirty minute ceremony. Taking the time to arrange a live performance of a beautiful piece of music is perhaps one of the most extraordinary things to be done for a loved one. My musicians find it highly rewarding to play or sing at funerals because it is here where the consolation of music is undoubtedly needed.
Most-booked ensembles for funerals
The most-booked ensembles for funerals include string quartet or trio, solo piano, flute and harp, oboe and strings or singer with accompaniment.
Since the professional musicians have already been playing together for many years, I’m not limited to only working with existing ensembles.
I can also ‘mix and match’ different musicians to create the perfect instrument combination for a funeral.