Music

Nearly all funeral services include music and it is so important to get the right choice. Click here to read an article written by local organist Valerie Gibbs on the importance of music in a funeral service.

Traditionally, an English funeral service would include one or a number of hymns and there is, of course, a wide selection of much loved hymns to choose from. Click here for a list of appropriate ones. If you have asked us to engage the services of an organist it is often the case that he or she would play appropriate music on entry to and exit from the church/chapel.

If you don’t feel it appropriate to sing a hymn it is perfectly possible to include recorded music in the service. As well as music on entry and exit we often include a piece to be played during the service. People can use this time to sit quietly with their memories. This music for reflection would usually be two to three minutes long.

Whatever your choice of music for the crematorium, we can almost certainly arrange for it to be to be available for your loved one’s funeral. Both Hastings and Eastbourne Crematorium use the Wesley Music System. Wesley Music is a company which provides music to crematoria. We contact them with your choice and they download it to the crematorium to be available on the day. We can liaise with them for you or put you in touch with them if you wish to talk to them yourself. You can even listen to different tracks before making a final decision. There is no additional fee for using the Wesley Music System.

There are, of course, many gifted musicians who offer their services to play at funerals. We are often asked to engage the services of professional musicians to play all manner of instruments: organ, bagpipes, classical guitar, violin and soloists. We have even been asked to provide a ten piece jazz band. Whatever your request we will try our hardest to accommodate it.

Click here to read an article written by local organist Valerie Gibbs on the importance of music in a funeral service.

There are some suggestions below for suitable music and hymns.

A music consultancy service is available free of charge through the funeral directors and an experienced musician would be only too happy to help you find your way through the maze of music that will hopefully enhance the funeral/memorial service for your loved one.

Abide with me fast falls the eventide - eventide
All things bright and beautiful
All things bright and beautiful - Royal Oak
Alleluia Sing to Jesus - Hyfrydol
Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound - Amazing Grace
And Did Those Feet - Jerusalem
Be still my soul the Lord is on your side - Finlandia
Blest are the Pure in Heart - Franconia
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind - Repton
Eternal Father Strong to Save - Melita
For all the Saints who from their labours rest - Sine Nomine
Great is thy faithfulness O God my Father - Great is thy faithfulness
Guide me O thou great redeemer - Cwm Rhondda
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds - Saint Peter
I am the bread of life
I heard the voice of Jesus say - Kingsfold
Immortal Invisible God only wise - Saint Denio
In heavenly love abiding - Penlan
Jesu lover of my soul - Aberystwyth
Jesus lives! Thy terrors now - Saint Albinus
Just as I am without one plea - Misericordia
Just as I am without one plea - Saffron Walden
Just as I am without one plea - Woodworth
Lead us Heavenly Father lead us - Mannheim
Lord of all hopefulness Lord of all Joy - Slaine
Love Divine all loves excelling - Love Divine
Love Divine all loves excelling - Blaenwern
Loves redeeming work is done - Easter Hymn
Loves redeeming work is done - Herrnhut
Make me a channel of Your peace - Prayer of Saint Francis
Morning has broken like the first morning - Bunessan
Now thank we all our God - Gracias
Now thank we all our God - Nun Danket
O God our help in ages past - Saint Anne
O Jesus I have promised - A Day of Rest
O Jesus I have promised - Thornbury
O Jesus I have promised - Wolvercote
O Lord my God when I in awesome wonder - How great thou art
O Love that wilt not let me go - Saint Margaret
On a hill far away - The old rugged cross
Peace perfect peace in this dark world of sin - Song 46 - A33D
Praise my soul the King of heaven (Regent Square)
Praise my soul the King of heaven - Praise my soul
Rock of ages cleft for me - Petra
Rock of ages cleft for me - Top lady
The day thou gavest Lord is ended - Saint Cleament
The king of love my shepherd is - Dominus Regit Me
The king of love my shepherd is - Saint Columba
The Lords my Shepherd Ill not want - Brother James Air
The Lords my Shepherd Ill not want - Crimond
The strife is oer the battle done - Victory
There is a green hill far away - Horsley
There is a redeemer
Thine be the glory risen conquering son - Maccabaeus
To God be the glory great things He hath done
When I survey the wondrous cross - O Waly Waly
When I survey the wondrous cross - Rockingham