SHORTLIST OF FAVOURITE FUNERAL SONGS & HYMNS
The starred songs *, you can listen to on Youtube, by clicking on either the song titles or the composers (if there are several songs of the same name). Alternatively you can find a shorter selection of some of these Youtube videos on my repertoire pages - just click on the tab, 'Listen to You Tube videos', and choose the style you are interested in. For the widest choice go directly to my Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/celebrationsongs
Funeral Singer Songs have always been part of funerals. Your personal choice of songs for funerals helps both to celebrate and remember the passing of a loved one. Whether a traditional sacred piece such as “Ave Maria”, or a song that has special memories, having that sung live at a funeral, adds an extra level of love, care and personalisation to the service.
Your favourite songs, my voice I can sing your choice of songs for a funeral service from classical to popular. These shortlists of recommended songs are just a few of the songs which I have been singing for funerals. If you can't find your favourite song amongst them - do ask me. I may already know the song well or if I don't, I can most likely learn it, in time to sing it for a funeral.
Hymns Singing at a funeral can be difficult at the best of times, so you might like to book a professional funeral singer to help you and your guests during the service. Any hymn you choose can be sung either by a professional funeral soloist from Funeral Singers UK as a solo, or together with the congregation (aka 'leading the Hymns').
Here is a Short list of Secular Solo Songs.
Bist du bei mir* by Stölzel from Bach's famous notebook to Anna Magdalena Bach.
Danny Boy* Irish trad. folk. Ireland' unofficial national Anthem.
Fare Thee Well (The Turtle Dove) is a sublime English folk ballad
Goin' Home (Going Home) by Dvorák from 'The New World'.
Goodnight*, Russian folk song with English words
In the arms of an angel by Sarah Mclachlan
Lascia ch'io pianga* by Handel from Rinaldo
Ombra mai fu* by Handel aka Handel's Largo
Over the Rainbow* (From the Wizard of Oz) Originally sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, this song has been performed by numerous artists, including Eva Cassidy and Ariana Grande.
Memory (From the Musical 'Cats') by Lloyd Webber
Mondnicht (Moonlight) by Schumann
Morning has Broken, famous Hymn, set to trad. Scottish Gaelic tune.
My Heart will go on (Love theme from 'Titanic')
My love is like a red, red rose* by Robert Burn
Shenandoah* American folk song
Suo Gan (Welsh lullaby)
The Last Rose of Summer
The Rose by Bette Midler
Time to say Goodbye
You'll never walk alone from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’.The song is also the flagship song for Liverpool football club. It is also a song about hope through adversity and solidarity in the hardest of times.
You Raise me Up (Celtic Woman Version)
When I am Laid in Earth (Dido's Lament) by Purcell
Wishing you were somehow here again (From The Phantom of the Opera) by Lloyd Webber
Here is a Short list of Religious/Sacred Solo Songs & Hymns.
Abide with me* Famous Hymn by Lyte and Monk
Amazing Grace by John Newton
All is Fulfilled by Bach from his St. John's Passion
As the Deer, Catholic Hymn
Ave Maria (versions by Schubert*, Bach/Gounod*, Vavilov/Caccini* and Mascagni from Cavalleria Rusticana).
Gjendine's Lullaby*, Norwegian folk song made famous by Grieg.
God be in my Head by W. Davies
How beautiful are the feet* from Handel's Messiah
Jerusalem (And did those feet in Ancient Time)
Make me a channel of your peace *
Nearer, my God, to Thee by Sarah Adams, best known as the last song the band on the RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.
Nunc Dimittis by Burgon (the theme song from the televison series: 'Tinker, Taylor, Soldier Spy).
Lord of all Hopefulness (Hymn set to the 'Slane' Irish Folk Melody)
On Eagle's Wings by Michael Joncas
O Rest in the Lord by Mendelsohn from 'Elijah'.
Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck
Pie Jesu by either Lloyd Webber or by Maurice Durufle
Song of Farewell by Ernest Sands (In Paradisum)
The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended (St.Clement Tune)
The King of Love my Shepherd is (St Columba tune)
The Lord Bless you and Keep you by John Rutter
The Lord is my Shepherd* Both the common hymn version and the Howard Goodall version. The latter is known from the TV series, 'The Vicar of Dibley'.
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