Funeral hymns really do sound best played on a real organ - but what if the church or crematorium doesn't have an organ, or indeed an organist? Singers for Funerals have an extensive library of recorded hymns accompaniments for funerals for just such a situation, thanks to the excellent recordings by John Keys available from the Hymns CDs website.
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
This year, we've all seen what real snow is like again. You know, the kind of snow that covers your boots and means you have to use a shovel to clear your drive. However, it seems that now the mere sight of it terrifies us again.
Monday saw a icing-sugar dusting of snow here in Hampshire, but the effect on the traffic was terrific. Our soprano funeral singer was due to sing at a funeral in Surrey, just a 20 mins drive from our office. Having left nice and early for a good rehearsal with the organist, she actually arrived almost an hour later after endless traffic jams!
Luckily, years of experience clicked in, allowing her to assess the acoustics, rehearse the 5 numbers with the organist (more than usual because it was a full mass), change her shoes from snow boots to more elegant heels, and still give a lovely performance that drew praise from family and guests alike.
Needless to say, by the time the service was over at 12 noon, the snow had all melted away and the traffic had all but disappeared!!
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