Music for Funerals, Thanksgiving and Memorial Services

There are many hymns suitable for Funerals including Carols and Easter Hymns. You may like to choose a hymn of God’s Praise or one of God’s unfailing love.  There are some hymns associated with funeral services and these are very well known and comforting.  Please ask Canon Michael for help in choosing your hymns.  The organist will play the first mentioned tune unless requested otherwise.  

Hymns suitable for Funerals, Thanksgiving and Memorial Services   

Come Down O Love Divine
Dear Lord and Father of mankind 
Alleluia Sing to Jesus 
Love Divine All Love’s excelling (tune: Blaenwern or Stainer’s Love Divine) 
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side 
Great is they Faithfulness 
O God our help in Ages Past 
Peace, perfect Peace 
Abide with me
Amazing Grace 
On A hill far away ( The Old Rugged Cross) 
There is a green hill far away
When I survey the wondrous Cross 
Guide me O thou great redeemer 
Lead us heavenly Father 
Eternal Father strong to save 
Lord of all Hopefulness
Father hear the prayer we offer 
Blest are the pure in heart 
Spirit of God, unseen as the Wind (tune Skye Boat Song) 
The Lord’s my Shepherd   (tune: Crimond or Brother James’ Air) 
The God of Love/The King of Love( also based on Psalm 23) 
Thine be the Glory
All creatures of our God and King 
Teach me, my God and King 
For the Beauty of the Earth
All things Bright and Beautiful
Morning has broken 
Praise my soul the king of heaven 
O Praise ye the Lord 
To God be the Glory 
Now thank we all our God 
God is love, let heavens adore him 
Let us with a gladsome mind
Immortal Invisible, God only wise 
He who would valiant be /Who would true valour see
The day thou gavest 
God be in my head 
Jerusalem the Golden 
Jesus lives! Thy terror now 
Let saints on earth 
Faithful vigil ended 
Jesus, stand among us 
O Love that wilt not let me go 
Rock of Ages (tune: Toplady or Petra) 

 

Opening music (processional, abbreviated as necessary)
Berlioz: The Shepherds’ Farewell (from L’Enfance du Christ)
Elgar: Andante from 1st Symphony
*Handel: Largo
*Tallis: Third Mode Melody (as used by Vaughan Williams in his Tallis Fantasia)
*Mendelssohn: O Rest in the Lord (aria from Elijah)
*Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
*Bach: Bist du bei mir (“Be thou with me”)
*Faure: Pie Jesu, from Requiem

 

Closing music (recessional)

Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Walford Davies: Solemn Melody
Grieg: Last Spring
Bach: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr (I call on the Lord, chorale prelude BWV 639)
Tschaikowsky: Andante from String Quartet, Op. 11
Pachelbel: Canon

Items marked with an asterisk are of a suitable length for use as either opening or closing music. Alternatively, any of these pieces may be played quietly before the Service. (You can hear versions of most of them on YouTube.)

 

We have an excellent PA system and are able to play CD music of your choice. 
David Walker our organist and Canon Michael will be happy to help you.

 

 


Funerals and Memorial Services
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