What’s more, the same hymn tune can appear with different words, especially in the Catholic church. That’s why we always check with the family AND the organist AND the clergy in advance to ensure that on the day we are, quite literally, singing from the same hymn sheet.
As a result, we have a wide repertoire of hymns from both the Anglican and Catholic church hymnaries, and we are learning more all the time.
Do remember that, in church, your choice of music and hymns does need to be approved by the presiding clergy. So we suggest families speak to us BEFORE their vicar or priest, so they can meet them with a list of suggestions if one item is not approved. (Look out for our forthcoming articles on choosing music for a church funeral service.)
For crematorium services, the same applies but most clergy are far more relaxed. If you have a celebrant or are doing your own service, you can pretty much choose your own, but do bear in mind the nature of the occasion.
Call us to discuss your ideas, and how we can help everyone present celebrate a life with singing.