St. Mary's with St. Peter's

Bury St. Edmunds

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Suggested music

The Processional

This is music played for the bride’s arrival and the bridal party’s procession down the aisle. One piece of music is chosen, which should be stately and regal and last the duration of the bridal party’s journey to the groom at the altar. The most popular pieces of music played during the processional are:

Wedding March from Lohengrin (Here Comes The Bride) by Wagner
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) by Clarke
Grand March from Aida by Verdi
Trumpet Voluntary by Stanley
Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Te Deum by Charpentier
Hornpipe from the Water Music by Handel
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel

The Signing of the Register

During the time spent in the Lady Chapel, the organist will be willing to play any suitable music of your choice, whether traditional or modern. You may wish, for example, to have some music played that has a special meaning to you both. This is also the appropriate time where you can make your ceremony unique by arranging to have a friend, relative or group entertain your guests by singing or playing your own choice of music and tunes. However, most people opt for having the choir sing an anthem, and please do speak to me if there is a piece that you would like to be sung. If you are not having the choir the church organist can play traditional music. The following pieces are popular:

Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree by Poston
Lead me Lord by Wesley

The Recessional

As you leave the lady chapel and walk arm-in-arm down the aisle as husband and wife, you will want the organ to bellow out music that is triumphant, joyful and celebratory. Traditional recessional music includes:

Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn
Toccata from Symphony No 5 by Widor
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) by Clarke
Overture from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 by Elgar
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel
Hornpipe from the Water Music by Handel
Rondeau by Purcell
Grand March from Aida by Verdi
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
March from Scipio by Handel
Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah by Handel

 Adrian Marple (Director of Music)