Civil partnership and wedding ceremony music in Sussex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Suffolk, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire, London, and other areas of the UK.
Mike’s main pianist (Eugene Portman) can play either classical music or music of a lighter vein for your ceremony. There are four main parts to a wedding ceremony or civil partnership and these are as follows:
The gathering of the congregation – This is just background music while everyone is being seated and strictly speaking it isn’t really part of the ceremony. Any type of music is suitable for this part and it isn’t really necessary to make any music choices unless you really want to.
The Entrance or Processional – This is the entrance of the bride and the music usually only lasts between 15 and 30 seconds.
The Signing of the Register – This part lasts between 7 – 12 minutes and sometimes 2 or 3 pieces are neeeded to fill the time.
The Exit or Recessional – the music can be any length for this section and the pianist or musician usually plays until the last person is out of the room.
Here are some examples of music for the various sections of the ceremony:
The Entrance or Processional
Canon in D – Pachelbel – Short version
Canon in D – Pachelbel – Longer version. A longer version of the canon is sometimes used. In this case the bride would usually wait for either 8 or 12 counts before the entrance.
The Signing of the Register
Clair De Lune – Debussy 4 mins 23 secs
1st Arabesque – Debussy 4 mins 13 secs
Autumn Crocus – Mayerl 3 mins 35 secs
Evening Primrose – Mayerl
The Towing Path – Ireland 4 mins 6 secs
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Air on a G String – Bach
Valse Op. 70 No. 2 – Chopin 3 mins 13 secs
18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini – Rachmaninov 2 mins 33 secs
Three Preludes – Delius 3 mins 54 secs
Bella Notte – Einaudi
Le Onde – Einaudi 4 mins 0 secs
The Exit or Recessional
Wedding Day in Troldhaugen – Greig
Golliwogs Cakewalk – Debussy
The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
2nd Arabesque – Debussy
Grand March from Aida – Verdi