Lisa Fenwick

Harpist of the Finger Lakes

Based in Ithaca, serving Finger Lakes, Central New York, the Southern Tier and parts of Western New York

 

 
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Ideas for Ceremony Music

Prelude Music-Unless you want otherwise I am ready to begin prelude music 25 minutes before ceremony start time. I will begin then or as soon after that as I see guests begin to arrive. Usually couples do not select the prelude or postlude music but instead give me an idea of the style of music they are wanting.

Most couples pick two Processionals, one for the wedding party to enter with and then one for the bride or your beloved's entrance.

Optional -Special Music can be selected if desired during the ceremony for a candle lighting, hand fasting, sand ceremony, communion or possibly after a reading in a religious service.

Most couples pick a Recessional which is the joyous selection to see the couple back down the aisle.  I will follow this with other joyous postlude music to see people out of the space.  You do not need to select the postlude music.

For cocktail hour unless you want otherwise I tend to play a light mix of popular music and light classical. Couples do not usually pick this music as there is a lot of it. 

While the following  are not the only ceremony music choices this music works very well. The processionals have numerous places to end which helps gracefully time the walk down the aisle. The pieces are of course much longer but the snippet will give you a feel for what the piece is like.

 

 

Here are some ceremony music ideas and sound clips:

See additional ideas below under choices for Celtic or popular music.

Jupiter (I Vow to Thee, My Country) Holst Processional or Special Music
Canon in D Pachelbel Processional
Trumpet Voluntary Purcell Processional or Recessional
Spring from the Four Seasons Vivaldi Processional or Recessional
Here Comes the Sun George Harrison Processional or Recessional
Morning Has Broken    Traditional Irish Processional or Recessional
Celtic Wedding March  Traditional Irish Processional or Recessional
Carolan's Quarrel (Carolan's Tune)  O'Carolan Processional or Recessional
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring      J.S. Bach Processional or Recessional
Ode to Joy  (Joyful, Joyful) Beethoven Processional or Recessional
A Thousand Years Hodges and Perri Processional
Trumpet Tune Purcell Processional or Recessional
St. Anthony's Chorale Brahms, based on Haydn theme Processional
Allegro Vivace from Water Music Handel Recessional
Bridal Chorus -Here Comes the Bride Wagner Processional 
Wedding March Mendelssohn Recessional 

Special music for Candle Lighting, Sand Ceremony, Hand Fasting

Oh the Beautiful Treasures Shaker Hymn Tune Special Music 
Be Thou My Vision   Irish Special Music 
Eleanor Plunkett O'Carolan Special Music or Processional
Star of the County Down   Irish Special Music 
Inisheer Reverie Walsh Special Music 
Jupiter (I Vow to Thee, My Country) Holst Special Music or Processional
Amazing Grace  Traditional Special Music 
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring      J.S. Bach Special Music or Proc. or Recess.
On the Beach -nice for a sand ceremony Traditional Irish Special Music 
Lord Galway's Lamentation   O'Carolan Special Music

Ideas for a Celtic Wedding

Talk to me if you are planning a Celtic Wedding.  I have a large amount of appropriate repertoire.

Carolan's Quarrel  (Carolan's Tune)   O'Carolan Processional or Recessional
Carolan's Welcome  O'Carolan Processional or Recessional
Celtic Wedding March    Traditional Irish Processional or Recessional
Give Me Your Hand Traditional Irish Processional or Recessional
Morning Has Broken  Traditional Irish Processional or Recessional
She Beg and Sheemore O'Carolan Processional or Recessional
Ashokan Farewell Unger Processional or Special Music 
Eleanor Plunkett O'Carolan Processional or Special Music
Innisheer Reverie Walsh Special Music 
Lord Galway's Lamentation O'Carolan Special Music 
Star of the County Down Traditional Irish Special Music 
Wild Mountain Thyme Traditional Scottish Special Music

Ideas for a Wedding with Contemporary Popular Music 

Annie's Song  John Denver Processional or Special Music 
Can You Feel the Love Tonight  Elton John Processional or Special Music
Can't Help Falling In Love with You Weiss, Peretti and Luigi Processional or Special Music
Falling Slowly Hansard and Irglova Processional
Here Comes the Sun George Harrison Processional or Recessional
I'm Yours Jason Mraz  Recessional 
A Thousand Years Perri and Hodges Processional or Recessional
Marry You Bruno Mars  Recessional
Perfect  Ed Sheeran  Processional
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Van Morrison Special Music 
I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton Special Music

If you do not see what you want have a look at my repertoire list here.

For ideas for a Jewish wedding please see Jewish music under my repertoire here. 

There are a number of my favorite hymns listed on my repertoire page here.  Others are available.

Party sound samples

Here is a small sampling of the type of music I often play for cocktail and dinner hour, gallery openings, corporate events, and other occasions for which background music is required.  Please note that these are just small clips of the songs.  Amplification is available.

For a better idea of the variety of music that I play, have a look at my repertoire list here.

Ashokan Farewell Ungar
I Vow to Thee, My Country (Jupiter) Holst
Fields of Gold Sting
Hello Young Lovers    Rodgers and Hammerstein
Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison
Canon in D Pachelbel
Star of the County Down    Irish
Danny Boy   Irish
Bally Loo Lammy  Scottish
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen
Hornpipe Purcell
Inisheer Reverie Walsh
The Lovers' Waltz Ungar and Mason
O Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Beloved Father) Puccini
Simple Gifts Elder Joseph / Shaker Tune
Sounds of Silence Paul Simon
A Thousand Years Hodges and Perri
Two Guitars L. Wood

                              

 

 

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