Talking about death is no longer taboo, or at least, not quite as taboo as it was. We've seen first hand how events such as Death Cafés and Death Awareness Week week have opened up the subject and given people a safe space in which to discuss end of life planning.
Every year in May, Dying Matters promote a fantastic range of events and activities around the country. The aim is to get people talking about dying, death and bereavement and making plans for their end of life; known as Dying Matters Awareness Week.
So, when Debs Wilkes a palliative care nurse from MacMillan nurses approached me to participate in an event they were organising; I jumped at the chance.
Our new website has finally touched down. We have been busy writing new content and information on how singing can be a great help at funerals.
Hear us sing!
I have been updating our sound files, so you can hear and see us.
Although we never ask our clients for a 'review', their feedback and comments are always gratefully received. In case you haven't found it yet, we've put these together on a new Client Testimonials page. These are all as sent to us, edited only to remove names and to shorten from longer and often very moving emails and letters.
Singers for Funerals will be appearing at the National Funeral Exhibition this Saturday, performing opera and popular songs to entertain visitors, at the bar area in hall 2.
Soprano Toni Nunn, mezzo Kirsty Young and tenor Richard Owen will be singing 3 different sets between 2pm and 4pm, so if you want to know what we sound like, stop by and have a listen.
We will also be touring the exhibition in between sets, so if you spot us wandering around with leaflets, do say hello!
The National Funeral Exhibition is on at the Stoneleigh Exhibition Centre near Warwick from Friday 10 June until Sunday 12 June 2011. For full details, see http://www.nationalfuneralexhibition.co.uk.
Our new website Songs for Funerals is now up and running, with words and music for over 50 popular funeral songs and funeral hymns.
Singers for Funerals are thrilled to introduce you to our Associate funeral singer in Birmingham, tenor Richard Lloyd Owen.
Toni, Kirsty and Richard have sung together for years with Hatstand Opera, so it really was a no-brainer to add Richard's considerable vocal talents to the Singers for Funerals soloist list.
For more details, and to hear Richard sing some superb top notes, visit his new Birmingham funeral soloist website.
At Singers for Funerals, we keep discovering more about the amazing people who provide services for funerals in the UK, including the Society of Crematorium Organists. Kirsty has just become a Fellow of the Society, without being able to play a note herself!
As Dr Michael Walsh, founder of the Society says, "The Society exists for all those who are involved in the musical side of funerals" so funeral soloists with Singers for Funerals definitely qualify.
Kirsty is delighted to be in such esteemed and experienced company, and looks forward to working with Society members to bring the joy and consolation of live music to crematorium funeral services across the UK.
Discover more about the Society at their website: http://www.societyofcrematoriumorganists.org.uk
Singers for Funerals are pleased to announce that we will be storing some of our own backing tracks on the Wesley Music system for crematoriums. Selected crematoriums in the UK use this system, which allows families to select any music tracks to play at a funeral, or play their own recorded messages.
For Singers for Funerals soloists, this system is a real boon, as it allows us to sing with our own specially recorded accompaniments when no organist is present. We prefer using our own recordings, as we can sing in our own key, our own tempo and give a much better performance as a result!
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