We know families often like to personalise the funeral service by choosing a special piece of music. If you wish an organist to play a specific piece of music, simply notify us as soon as possible so that we can inform the crematorium. In some cases, if the music is a piece that is not well known, you may need to provide sheet music.

All the crematoria have digital sound systems to play music and can obtain the most common pieces of music played at funerals, including popular, classical and religious. All chapels have an organ and an organist is usually on hand. They are able to source any additional music, providing it is commercially available, although will need some notice. There is also an option to play CDs either at the crematorium or our chapel. In all cases, we must take the CDs to the crematorium at least 24 hours in advance of the service. It must be clearly marked which track is to be played.

In the absence of specific requests appropriate music will be played at the organist’s discretion

Some suggestions for popular Classical music suitable for a funeral are:

  • Elgar - “Nimrod”
  • Bach – “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”  
  • Bach – “Sheep May Safely Graze”
  • Pachelbel - Canon in D 
  • Handel – “Largo”
  • Dvorak – “Going Home” Largo from the New World Symphony
  • Barber – Adagio for Strings
  • Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” -  2nd Movement
  • Mozart – Clarinet Concerto – 2nd Movement
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No.21 – 2nd Movement
  • Elgar – Serenade for Strings – 2nd Movement
  • Elgar – Serenade for Strings – 3rd Movement
  • Faure – “Sanctus” from the Requiem
  • Faure – “In Paradisum” from the Requiem
  • Mahler – “Death in Venice” - Adagietto from 5th Symphony
  • Grieg – “Morning” from the Peer Gynt suite
  • John Barry – The John Dunbar Theme
  • John Williams – Main theme from Schindlers’s List
  • Stanley Myers – Cavatina (Theme from The Deerhunter played by John Williams)
  • Beethoven – Pastoral Symphony – 5th Movement
  • Vaughan Williams – “The Lark Ascending”

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