Organ Music for Special Occasions

 

Organ music and vocal solos for church services, weddings and other special occasions, tailored to suit your own individual requirements.

 

 

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Repertoire includes;

Favourite Hymns

Ceremonial Music

Classical Pieces

Organ Voluntaries

 

Vocal solos include;

Sacred Music

Classical Works

Popular Songs

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For further information or advice contact: organ@adrianfinnerty.co.uk

 

Adrian Finnerty is organist at St. Andrew’s Church, Bearsden, just outside Glasgow.  He plays the organ regularly on Sundays and also for other special occasions such as weddings, funerals and a number of other services.  His wife, Maria, is an experienced cantor and soloist who also sings regularly on Sundays and for other special occasions and services, as well as with the Milngavie Choir.

 

 

 

Adrian Finnerty

Organist, pianist and accompanist

 

 

 

 

Maria Finnerty

Cantor and mezzo-soprano soloist

 

 

 

Music for a Wedding

 

Organising the music for your wedding can seem like quite a daunting prospect.  You will need to choose suitable hymns, appropriate processional and recessional music, and possibly other musical items, e.g. a psalm or an instrumental or vocal solo.

 

The first thing to do is to book your organist.  You should contact the organist as early as possible as organists can often be booked up well in advance for weddings.  The organist will be able to advise you on suitable choices of music, and will provide all the music required for the appropriate parts of the service.

 

In addition to the organist, you may also wish to book a vocal or instrumental soloist.  It is not uncommon to have a cantor, or soloist, to sing a psalm, possibly lead the singing of the hymns, and perform a solo item during the signing of the register.  Again, the organist will probably be able to advise you about this.

 

Wedding services will vary, depending on the particular church and religious denomination.  However, most wedding services would normally require some combination of the following musical items:

 

v  Hymns (Opening – Offertory – Communion – Final)

v  Psalm, and Gospel Acclamation  (lead by a cantor or soloist)

v  Ceremonial pieces, played on the organ (Processional and Recessional)

v  Optional solos (either after communion or during the signing of the register)

 

The choice of music for a wedding is very personal, and might include hymns that have a particular significance or a favourite piece of music.  The following guide, which is not a comprehensive list, shows the overall order of musical items for a wedding service and provides some possible suggestions:

 

Processional Music

played on the organ as the bridal party enters:

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

St. Anthony Chorale (Haydn)

Opening Hymn

sung by the congregation:

Morning Has Broken / Christ Be Beside Me

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

I Watch The Sunrise

Psalm

lead by the cantor after the first reading:

On Eagles Wings (Psalm 90 / 91)

The Lord is compassion and love (Psalm 102)

The Lord is my light and my help (Psalm 26)

I will bless your goodness, God, my Father (Psalm 33)

May he bless us and keep us, may he give us his peace (Psalm 66)

Gospel Acclamation

lead by the cantor or reader:

Alleluia: God is Love

Alleluia: plainsong version

Offertory Hymn

sung during the offertory procession:

A New Commandment

Love is His Word

Gifts of Bread and Wine

In Bread we Bring You, Lord

Here I Am, Lord

O Perfect Love

Communion Hymn

sung during communion:

As I Kneel Before You

Fill My House

Lord Jesus Christ

My God Loves Me

One Bread, One Body

This is My Body

Yahweh

Thanksgiving Hymn

(optional) sung after communion:

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

The Love I Have for You, My Lord

Instrumental Solo

(optional) played after communion or during the signing of the register:

Arioso (Bach)

Largo (Handel)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

Air from The Water Music (Handel)

Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)

Vocal Solo

(optional) sung after communion or during the signing of the register:

Ave Maria (Bach / Gounod)

Ave Maria (Schubert)

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Panis Angelicus (Franck)

Laudate Dominum (Mozart)

Ave Verum (Mozart)

One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story (Bernstein)

Final Hymn

sung by the congregation:

Bind Us Together, Lord

Give Me Joy In My Heart

God Is Love

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Our God Reigns

Praise To The Lord

Recessional Music

played on the organ as the bridal party leaves:

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Trumpet Tune from Te Deum (Charpentier)

Toccata from Symphony No. 5 (Widor)

 

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Adrian Finnerty

BA(Hons), MA Ed, MSc, MMus, DipTMus, DipABRSM, ALCM, FISM

Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association

and the Guild of Church Musicians

 

Guild of Church Musicicans

 

 

For further information or advice contact: organ@adrianfinnerty.co.uk

 

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