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A duet with Matthew Gilsenan from the Celtic Tenors
“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it……”
Getting married is one of the most important events of your life. On your ‘big’ day you want the wedding singer and church music to be taken care of by somebody with experience. Having performed as a professional singer for many years, I bring expertise and the highest possible musical standards to this crucial element of your wedding day. I realise how important the right choice of music is. To this end I’ve compiled a list of secular and church music that is varied, ranging from classical to traditional to popular. There is something there for everyone! I will provide you with this and help you choose the best music, tailored to YOUR taste. Your wedding ceremony will be so unique that your guests will talk about it for a long time after your special day. Deirdre Shannon
The following are some guidelines regarding the choice and selection of music for your wedding. Whether you are having a civil service or a Christian wedding, I’m happy to guide you in the choice of music that is right for you.
The celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage is a wonderful occasion for a couple, their families, friends and the wider Christian community who gather to witness this public declaration of love and commitment. Music has the power to convey the unity of the congregation gathered in faith and love where words alone may fail to express. Reflective songs that bring out the meaning of the Christian celebration of Marriage are most desirable. This sacrament is usually celebrated in the context of the Eucharist and therefore the usual principles for making music choices apply. If the church celebration takes place as a Service (Liturgy of the Word) we can apply the same principles leaving out the music that occurs only in the context of the celebration of a Mass, namely the Eucharistic Prayer, Acclamation and Communion Song.
An instrumental piece is most commonly played to accompany the procession of the wedding party through the church. This piece can be extended to include the candle ceremony which is currently very popular. Instrumental example: Irish air – Tabhair Dom Do Lámh – Harp Classical – Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba – Organ Classical – Pachelbel’s Canon – String quartet/Harp/Organ
This payer can be more effective when brought alive through song, though it can lengthen the ceremony.
The Responsorial Psalm after the first reading from scripture should be sung where possible.
It is good to allow time for reflection after the homily and before the Marriage Ceremony itself. Do not be afraid of silence at this time. Taking time for music around the wedding ceremony itself will help everyone to appreciate the richness of what is being celebrated.
The music as the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward and prepared for the celebration can be either instrumental or lyrical.
The Eucharistic Prayer is the central prayer of the Mass that is prayed by the priest on behalf of all present. The prayer has three important acclamations that can be sung by everybody if desired.
Songs at this time can accompany the communion procession. Song example: Classical – Schubert’s Ave Maria Webber’s Pie Jesu
Non religious songs can be sung here. A song and an instrumental piece is a nice balanced combination here. Personal favourites can be chosen here.
A joyous song or an instrumental leading the couple and wedding party out of the Church. Song example: Morricone’s Nella Fantasia Instrumental example: O’Carolan’s Concerto – Harp Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary in C – Trumpet/Organ
Ave Maria (Schubert's/Gounod's)
Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
Queen Of The May
Sing To The Mountains
How Great Thou Art
Set Your Heart On The Higher Gifts
Se An Tiarna Mhuire
Christ Be Beside Me
Like The Deer Yearns For Running Streams
As I Kneel Before You
All That I Am
In Gifts We Bring You Lord
Make Me a Channel Of Your Peace
When Love Is Found
I Know You By Heart
Morning Has Broken
One Hand One Heart
Fields Of Gold
If You Love Me
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
All I Ask Of You (Duet)
A duet with Matthew Gilsenan from the Celtic Tenors
Thanks so much.
You were absolutely brilliant! I could have sat all day listening to you. Your voice is just fab. I had loads of people asking who you were.
I'm looking forward to getting the video so I can listen back xx
''Wow ! Your voice is the most beautiful I have never heard anything like that before . Thanks for making the church all so amazing. My friends all said they have never heard anything so good in their life !''
Hayleigh & Walter
We shall never ever forget your beautiful singing at our wedding. To say we were blown away would be an understatement, we were amazed!
Deirdre, you have a unique talent and I’m so proud that you were part of our day. We have received so many compliments about you since the wedding.
We were delighted with the final songs so thank you for your help and suggestions. Everything was so easy and you were an absolute pleasure to deal with.
We were both delighted to have you be part of our wedding day and we highly recommend you to future couples who wish have you sing for their wedding.
Thank you and best wishes for the future.
Again on behalf of Christopher & myself i would like to Thank you for joining us on our special day. Your vocals are amazing and added such elegance to our ceremony. You knew exactly what we wanted and we knew we could leave it in you hands and not have to worry. The comments are never ending. Many thanks again,
Thank you so much for your wonderful singing on the day of our wedding, it created a magical atmosphere, one we’ll always remember.
What can we say. The calibre of your performance is just second to none. I could listen to you for hours on end. I am so glad we brought you together with the wonderful musicians and I sincerely hope we can do this again in the near future. But it's not just about your performance that makes you so special - you're so enjoyable to work with, so relaxed and comfortable and are always smiling. Working with you is just good for the soul. Corporate Event with SEA, RHK 2011
Just to seize the moment, I want to thank you on behalf of our family for your magnificent singing at dad's funeral mass. It was so comforting and lovely and every person who spoke to us later on commented on your beautiful voice. With our gratitude Louise and family. Dundalk Cathedral, Co Louth 2011
Just got back from our Honeymoon yesterday! I wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so unique. You were great, the best part of the church service! Doireann Kilbeg Church, Co Meath 2011
Sorry for the delay in thanking you for your wonderful singing at my dad's funeral mass. Everyone commented. Thanks so much Anna. Rathfarnham Church, Co. Dublin 2011
I wanted to thank you Deirdre for making our wedding day so special. Our guests were spellbound by your voice. We took so many compliments on your behalf. You were really fantastic! Thank you so much. Celine and Jimmy, married in 2011