The latest survey of funeral music by the Co-operative Funeral Care reveals that two thirds of funerals feature pop music rather than classical or religious music. Only 30% of funerals featuring hymns as opposed to 41% in their 2005 survey.
Much of our time before a funeral service is spent chatting to the organist, and it amazes us how often the family has not made provision for entry and exit music for the service.
One of the questions we get asked a lot at Singers for Funerals is, how much music do we need at a funeral service?
Choosing hymns for a funeral can be quite tricky if you don't attend church regularly, and according to statistics from the Church of England, that includes most of us these days.
As funeral singers, we often find ourselves discussing funeral service choices with the family in a rush before the event, as they were left with no clue as to what the deceased actually wanted for their funeral.
In their recent report, the Cooperative Funeralcare reported that:
Every year, 242 Co-operative Funeralcare funeral homes are surveyed to discover the most popular music for funerals, and what an fascinating list it is. Here are the top 10 funeral music from February 2008 - February 09 as listed by the Coop - items marked with a * are sung by our funeral soloists here at Singers for Funerals.
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