Music Suggestions for Weddings

Music list for weddings, organ only.

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive. Requests for pieces not on this list will always be considered. The Order of Service should be discussed with the Chaplain.

Before the Service:

The Organist usually plays for about 10-15 minutes before the service starts. It is optional whether this music is included on the service sheet. There are hundreds of possibilities here, and these are a few of the most popular (if nothing is specified then this list is used):

  • Air from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Minuet from ‘Berenice’- Handel
  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring- Bach
  • Canon- Pachelbel
  • Bist du bei mir- Bach
  • My Heart Ever Faithful- Bach
  • Rhosymedre- Vaughan Williams
  • Sonatina in C- Mozart
  • Gavotte- Arne
  • Allegro in C- Arne
  • Air and Gavotte- Wesley

Entrance of the Bride (Processional):

  • Trumpet Voluntary- Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune- Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary- Stanley
  • Prelude to a ‘Te Deum’- Charpentier
  • Canon- Pachelbel
  • Sinfonia and Chorus from ‘Come, ye Sons of Art’- Purcell
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Alla Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Wedding March from ‘Lohengrin’- Wagner

Wedding March (Recessional):

  • Toccata- Widor
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Wedding March- Mendelssohn
  • Trumpet Tune and Almand- Purcell
  • Carillon-Sortie- Mulet
  • Final from Symphonie No. 1- Vierne
  • Grand March from ‘Aida’- Verdi
  • La Rejouissance from ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’- Handel
  • Marche Pontificale- Widor

Hymns

  • All people that on earth do dwell
  • All things bright and beautiful (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘A’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Royal Oak’ and ‘Bright and Beautiful’)

  • And did those feet in ancient time (‘Jerusalem’)
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • Father hear the prayer we offer
  • Guide me, O thou great redeemer
  • I vow to thee my country
  • Immortal invisible god only wise
  • Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us
  • Love divine all love excelling (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘L’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Blaenwern’ and ‘Love Divine’)

  • Morning has broken
  • Now thank we all our god
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • O worship the King
  • Praise my soul the King of heaven
  • Praise to the Lord the almighty
  • The King of love my shepherd is
  • The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want

Music list for weddings (organist and 4 Gentlemen)

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive. Requests for pieces not on this list will always be considered. The Order of Service should be discussed with the Chaplain, as this will affect the number of hymns/anthems/etc. required.

Before the Service:

The Organist (or his assistant) usually plays for about 10 minutes before the service starts. It is optional whether this music is included on the service sheet. There are hundreds of possibilities here, and these are a few of the most popular:

  • Air from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Minuet from ‘Berenice’- Handel
  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring- Bach
  • Canon- Pachelbel
  • Bist du bei mir- Bach
  • Rhosymedre- Vaughan Williams
  • Sonatina in C- Mozart
  • Gavotte- Arne
  • Allegro in C- Arne
  • Air and Gavotte- Wesley

Entrance of the Bride (Processional):

  • Trumpet Voluntary- Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune- Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary- Stanley
  • Prelude to a ‘Te Deum’- Charpentier
  • Sinfonia and Chorus from ‘Come, ye Sons of Art’- Purcell
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Wedding March from ‘Lohengrin’- Wagner
  • Grand March from ‘Aida’- Verdi

Anthems:

  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring- Bach

  • The Lord bless you and keep you- Rutter
  • Let their celestial concerts all unite- Handel
  • Ave Verum Corpus- Mozart
  • Ave Verum Corpus- Elgar
  • Panis angelicus- Franck

Sung prayers:

  • God be in my head- Walford Davies
  • Lead me, Lord (Wesley)

Wedding March (Recessional):

  • Toccata- Widor
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Wedding March- Mendelssohn
  • Trumpet Tune and Almand- Purcell
  • Carillon-Sortie- Mulet
  • Final from Symphonie No. 1- Vierne
  • Grand March from ‘Aida’- Verdi
  • La Rejouissance from ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’- Handel
  • Marche Pontificale- Widor

Hymns

  • All people that on earth do dwell
  • All things bright and beautiful (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘A’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Royal Oak’ and ‘Bright and Beautiful’)

  • And did those feet in ancient time (‘Jerusalem’)
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • Father hear the prayer we offer
  • Guide me, O thou great redeemer
  • I vow to thee my country
  • Immortal invisible god only wise
  • Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us
  • Love divine all love excelling (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘L’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Blaenwern’ and ‘Love Divine’)

  • Morning has broken
  • Now thank we all our god
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • O worship the King
  • Praise my soul the King of heaven
  • Praise to the Lord the almighty
  • The King of love my shepherd is
  • The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want

Psalms (one of the Hymns could be replaced by a psalm, sung by the choir)

  • Psalm 23 (‘The Lord is my shepherd’)
  • Psalm 121 (‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills’)
  • Psalm 122 (‘I was glad’)
  • Psalm 128

Music list for weddings – Full Choir (organist, six Gentlemen, and (up to) 17 boys)

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive. Requests for pieces not on this list will always be considered. The Order of Service should be discussed with the Chaplain, as this will affect the number of hymns/anthems/etc. required.

Before the Service:

The Organist (or his assistant) usually plays for about 10 minutes before the service starts. It is optional whether this music is included on the service sheet. There are hundreds of possibilities here, and these are a few of the most popular:

  • Air from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Minuet from ‘Berenice’- Handel
  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring- Bach
  • Canon- Pachelbel
  • Bist du bei mir- Bach
  • Rhosymedre- Vaughan Williams
  • Sonatina in C- Mozart
  • Gavotte- Arne
  • Allegro in C- Arne
  • Air and Gavotte- Wesley

Introit (not essential):

  • Lead me, Lord (Wesley)
  • A Prayer of King Henry VI (Ley)

Entrance of the Bride (Processional):

  • Trumpet Voluntary- Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune- Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary- Stanley
  • Prelude to a ‘Te Deum’- Charpentier
  • Canon- Pachelbel
  • Sinfonia and Chorus from ‘Come, ye Sons of Art’- Purcell
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’- Handel
  • Wedding March from ‘Lohengrin’- Wagner
  • Grand March from ‘Aida’- Verdi
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme- Bach, Cantata 140. This two minute extract of the opening Chorus of this cantata would be sung by the choir, accompanied by the organ.

Anthems:

  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring- Bach

  • Zadok, the priest- Handel
  • I was glad- Perry
  • How lovely are thy dwellings fair- Brahms
  • Panis Angelicus- usually a solo, but we have a full choir version
  • The Lord bless you and keep you- Rutter
  • O For the Wings of a Dove (Mendelssohn)- this includes a treble solo
  • Set me as a seal- Walton

Sung prayers:

  • God be in my head- Walford Davies
  • Lead me, Lord (Wesley)
  • Blessed Jesu- Bach

Wedding March (Recessional):

  • Toccata- Widor
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
  • Wedding March- Mendelssohn
  • Trumpet Tune and Almand- Purcell
  • Carillon-Sortie- Mulet
  • Final from Symphonie No. 1- Vierne
  • Grand March from ‘Aida’- Verdi
  • La Rejouissance from ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’- Handel
  • Marche Pontificale- Widor

Hymns

  • All people that on earth do dwell
  • All things bright and beautiful (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘A’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Royal Oak’ and ‘Bright and Beautiful’)

  • And did those feet in ancient time (‘Jerusalem’)
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • Father hear the prayer we offer
  • Guide me, O thou great redeemer
  • I vow to thee my country
  • Immortal invisible god only wise
  • Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us
  • Love divine all love excelling (nb 2 tunes! Try http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ttl/ttl.htm

    [click on ‘L’ and then the appropriate link] to hear ‘Blaenwern’ and ‘Love Divine’)

  • Morning has broken
  • Now thank we all our god
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • O worship the King
  • Praise my soul the King of heaven
  • Praise to the Lord the almighty
  • The King of love my shepherd is
  • The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want

Psalms (one of the Hymns could be replaced by a psalm, sung by the choir)

  • Psalm 23 (‘The Lord is my shepherd’)
  • Psalm 121 (‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills’)
  • Psalm 122 (‘I was glad’)