We know that musically minded friends often want to contribute something personal to your wedding ceremony. This is great, and we welcome this! Find out how you can ask your musical friends to join forces with us, and some things to watch out for.
Are they comfortable to perform with us with limited rehearsal time?
Is their musical choice straightforward enough that we can play together on the day easily?
Example: The groom’s sister sang ‘Joy of Jesu Man’s Desiring’ while we acommpanied her. We had a brief discussion in the weeks running up to the wedding to discuss how her version compared to our version of the music, agreed on the structure for the performance (i.e. verse 1, chorus, verse 2, end) and checked that the key signature was the same in our two versions of the music
Example: The bride’s friend wanted to play a flute solo during the service while we acommpanied her. We recommended Elgar’s Chanson De Matin, which she was familiar with. We sent her the first violin part which she learnt in time for the ceremony. We performed the piece with the flute replacing our first violin.