Church of England funeral services
In general, church funeral services last between 45 and 60 minutes. This allows plenty of time for readings, eulogies, hymns, solos and favourite music. Regardless of the length, our funeral singers will be present for the whole service, and will also arrive 30 minutes early to make sure we’ve met the minister and the organist beforehand.
Roman Catholic Funeral Mass
Full Roman Catholic requiem masses often last longer than one hour, depending on how many present take communion, etc. However, any Catholic funeral service can be shorter often by not having a full mass, if the family need to move on to a cremation or burial at a set time. See our articles on Catholic funerals for more details on timings and opportunities for music.
First of all, you don’t need a choir to lead hymn singing! A clear, strong voice is just as effective, and actually less daunting for people to join in with too. As professional opera singers, we are plenty loud enough to be heard over the organ without the need for microphones, but rest assured, never too loud! It’s always a good idea to have someone leading the hymns, as many attending might not feel like singing.
There is nothing quite like the comforting feeling of a church organist accompanying the hymns at a funeral service. However, many families request us to sing solos that just don’t work with organ accompaniment. So, we bring our own discreet Bose speaker and recorded accompaniments for all solos and songs.
This also doesn’t put pressure on the many part-time or volunteer church organists to play music they are not familiar with, and won’t have time to rehearse with us before the service.
And, of course, if an organist isn’t available or practical, we can bring hymn backing tracks on our Bose system that everyone can hear and sing along with.