Wedding Music

Music at your wedding is a very personal choice. Weddings over the centuries have included everything from classical soloists to bands. The Rector will be able to advise you, whether you want a traditional wedding or something with a bit of a difference. The following may help to get you started.

Hymns

There are usually two or three hymns sung during a wedding service. Try to find hymns that are familiar to your guests – and are easy to sing!  Jeremy Boughton, the Abbey Director of Music, will be pleased to help you decide.
You can also listen to some of the most well-loved church wedding hymns on this site, which may help you make your choice.

Popular Wedding Music for the Organ (recordings of our organist not yet available)

To accompany the bride’s walk down the aisle, many couples still choose the traditional
“Bridal March” by Wagner httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBI69RENNBw

or Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDYMayp6Dk
There are, however, many other choices, so if you would like to explore something different please do talk to our Director of Music. We can play recorded music or perhaps accommodate a solo performance by a family friend.
Here are some other organ pieces which are popular:

The Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnLP0ifDlz8

Handel: Arrival of Queen of Sheeba (from Solomon) httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSebgWG-1YQ

Purcell: Trumpet Tune httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyCJETwOb7U

Widor: Toccata from Symphony No 5 httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtj300j129k–

The Abbey Choir

The Abbey has an excellent choir which can lead the hymn singing and also sing a suitable piece by themselves during the service, such as when you are signing the Register. Popular choices include the following (only some of these recordings are by the Abbey choir):

John Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObrYXo93QYI

J S Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZg6sQ5J2k

John Rutter: The Lord Bless You and Keep You httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjdFL55OUKE

Batten: O sing joyfully httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gHkKGiXeNE

Boughton  –  O Clap your hands
Boughton  –  My soul truly waiteth
Bruckner: Locus iste httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1jfmbPM-A

Colverson – Jubilate Deo

Ousley: at the rising of the sun httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W2OkBDbUUg
Rutter: For the beauty of the earth

Rutter: Look at the world httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pEd1HH-xI8
Stainer: How beautiful upon the mountains httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5wCy3v3Xyg
Viadana: Exsultate JustiVivaldi: Gloria (opening movement) httpa://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU9hEZojVfU
Webb:  Ye servants of  th’all bounteous Lord 

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