There are definitely trends in music played at funerals, with Adele exiting stage left to be replaced by Lilly Allen and then Ed Sheeran, but some classic pop versions last way beyond their moment in the charts.
Putting aside the Frank Sinatra and the Louis Armstrong classics, the one that constantly surprises us is “Time to Say Goodbye”, especially as the only words sung in English are “(It’s) time to say goodbye.”
This is a song that we, as opera singers, have sung both as a solo and a duet for years, it’s listed on our website, we have a superb orchestral backing track to sing to.
Live singing adds the personal touch
It’s a wonderful item sung live, especially in spaces where the top notes can soar high into the rafters, and families have appreciated how it adds to the send-off for their loved one. This is one of the most requested exit numbers. Perfectly suited me thinks…
They all said they were touched by your wonderful voice, sincerity of presentation and overall performance. Time to Say Goodbye was most people’s favourite, moving song. My Aunt was a bit of a perfectionist herself and I know she would have thoroughly approved of your amazing contribution to a beautiful service.
JD, aunt’s funeral., St Michael’s Catholic Church, Cranford Middx
It’s proving popular especially at non-religious funerals. To date we’ve sung this item over 50 times at funerals both in church, at crematoria and graveside.
So, if a family that loves music asks for this item, do bear us in mind!