Apart from our solo singing spot that gives us and the organist the chance to remember we're musicians who enjoy working together, the organist's main time to shine is at the start of the funeral.
And the temptation to hum along is huge, especially when we've heard The Pearl Fisher's Duet, O Mio Babbino Caro, and greatest hits from oratorios, from Where Ere You Walk to O Rest in the Lord. In fact, we could sing along with nearly every one, and most mourners seem to appreciate the variety of music. You can see on their faces that they are trying to remember what that tune is, as many of them are familiar yet in a subconscious way.
So, organists, take the plunge. Play some opera, some oratorio, some choral as an instrumental, and know that we are not alone in listening and appreciating your music.