Do I need an organist?
It really all depends on the type of service that you are having and your personal preferences as a family. If you are having a church service and would like an organist to accompany your hymn singing, then we can arrange an organist for you. Crematoria tend to have access to a huge library of recorded music, and we can normally get versions of hymns that have an organ and choral background.
How much does an organist cost?
Typically, an organist would cost around £150 for their services.
How much does a singer cost?
Typically, a singer would cost around £250 for their services.
What is the benefit of having a singer at a funeral?
Some people like to have live music at their loved ones’ funeral. Like everything, it’s a personal choice, but a live singer definitely adds to the occasion, especially if the funeral is expected to have a large attendance.
Can I have a singer even if the service isn’t in a Church?
Yes, singers are able to provide their services in any setting, including at a crematorium or cemetery venue.
Is it just hymns they can sing or popular songs too?
Singers have a wide repertoire from classical to popular music also. You can have a discussion with them about what type of music you would like sung, from religious and operatic pieces, to musical standards and modern classics.
Do we meet with the organist or singer before the funeral?
Not normally, no. I’m sure it could be arranged but you’d normally speak over the phone to discuss what you’d like played or sung.
Who organises the organist or singer?
Typically, we would organise that for you and put our recommended organist or singer in touch with you. However, if you know anyone that you’d like to use, then that is absolutely fine.