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

Some Wedding Couples like to select the ceremony music from the following list.  These are of course not the only choices, but they are some of the ones I have found work particularly well.

The pieces are of course much longer but the snippet will give you a feel for what the piece is like.

The reason I feel these pieces work so well is because they are not only lovely but have a number of places where I could end them, which helps with the timing of the processional and recessional.

Here are some ideas and sound clips:

Processional and Recessional choices for wedding party and bride's or your beloved's processional

Canon in D Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary Purcell
Spring from the Four Seasons Vivaldi
Morning Has Broken    Traditional Irish
Celtic Wedding March  Traditional Irish
Carolan's Quarrel (Carolan's Tune)  O'Carolan
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring -- Appropriate for Recessional       J.S. Bach
Ode to Joy  (Joyful, Joyful -- Appropriate for Recessional Beethoven
A Thousand Years -- Appropriate for Processional Hodges and Perri
Trumpet Tune Purcell
Allegro Vivace from Water Music Handel
I Vow to Thee, My Country (Jupiter) -- Appropriate for Processional Holst

and of course there are always these traditional selections for the the processional

Bridal Chorus -Here Comes the Bride Wagner 
Wedding March Mendelssohn

Candlelighting, Sand Ceremony Music or Communion

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

Ideas for a Celtic Wedding

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

Processional-Carolan's Quarrel  (Carolan's Tune)   O'Carolan
Processional-Celtic Wedding March    Traditional Irish
Processional-Give Me Your Hand Traditional Irish
Candlelighting/Sand Ceremony-Lord Galway's Lamentation  O'Carolan
Candlelighting/Sand Ceremony-Eleanor Plunkett  O'Carolan
Candlelighting/Sand Ceremony-Inisheer Reverie Walsh
Candlelighting/Sand Ceremony-Star of the County Down Traditional Irish
Recessional-Give Me Your Hand Traditional Irish
Recessional-Morning Has Broken     Traditional Irish

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
A Thousand Years Hodges and Perri
Two Guitars L. Wood




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