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Wedding Singer

“If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it……”

William Shakespeare

Wedding singer in Malta

Deirdre performing as a wedding singer in Malta

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

Music for your Wedding Singer

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.

Music for Church Weddings

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.

Church Weddings in more detail….

Entrance Procession

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

Glory to God

This payer can be more effective when brought alive through song, though it can lengthen the ceremony.

Liturgy of the Word

The Responsorial Psalm after the first reading from scripture should be sung where possible.

Marriage Ceremony

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.

Preparation of the Gifts

The music as the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward and prepared for the celebration can be either instrumental or lyrical.

Eucharistic Prayer

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.

Communion Songs

Songs at this time can accompany the communion procession. Song example: Classical – Schubert’s Ave Maria Webber’s Pie Jesu

Signing of the Register

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.

Recessional

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

  • Music

    Bernadette

    Bleak_Midwinter

    LasciaChioPianga

    Ombra_Mai_Fu

    The Prayer Audio Clip Deirdre and Matthew Moynatly 2011

    The_Prayer_clip

    When i grow to old to dream clip audio

    Ave_Maria

    When i Grow to Old to Dream
    "When-i-grow-to-old-to-dream-clip-audio".

    The Prayer
    "The-Prayer-clip".

    In-the-Bleak-Midwinter-Audio-clip-Moynalty-2012
    "In-the-Bleak-Midwinter-Audio-clip-Moynalty-2012".

    Bernadette-Audio-Clip-Deirdre-Moynalty-2012
    "Bernadette-Audio-Clip-Deirdre-Moynalty-2012".

  • Some Wedding Songs

    Panis Angelicus
    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
    Eagles Wings
    Se An Tiarna Mhuire
    Christ Be Beside Me
    Like The Deer Yearns For Running Streams
    As I Kneel Before You
    All That I Am
    Ave Maria
    In Gifts We Bring You Lord
    Shalom
    Deep Peace
    Make Me a Channel Of Your Peace
    Marble Halls
    Amazing Grace
    When Love Is Found
    I Know You By Heart
    Morning Has Broken
    Annie's Song
    Songbird
    Eidelweiss
    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)
    Audio Samples

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