A rare treat for singer Kirsty last week, two funerals in two days with her favourite funeral organist Paul Burgoyne. Two very contrasting services too!
First, a RC mass in London where Kirsty led the hymns and sung various responses, while Paul conquered a rather reluctant piano that had no sustain! A sincere and heartfelt service with lovely family contributions, including readings and a song by the grandchildren.
Then, a quiet but very refined service at the lovely little chapel at the North East Surrey Crematorium. Very peaceful, very elegant, just like the lady herself, I gather. Paul had advised on the purchase of their new chapel organ, and it was a delight - a lovely sound and so right for the space, much enhanced by Paul's sensitive and expressive playing.
Kirsty, you & Paul were absolutely amazing, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Everyone was talking about you, full of praise. My dad was so pleased, and he kept saying "Beautiful, beautiful" which it was - you were both so magical!
CA, on her mother's funeral mass in Camberwell, London
Thank you for singing - it made the service so special and so suitable for my opera-loving mother.
SG, funeral service at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden
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