Music for funerals

Music during the funeral service

Musicians may be booked for church services. The usual preference is for an organist and/or soloist to sing appropriate hymns during the service. Other choices include string quartets, family friends, folk groups. Some families also book a bagpiper to play outside the church, or at the cemetery or crematorium.

For Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian services, an organist is all that is usually required, as the congregation sing the hymns.


Music during the cremation service

All crematoria now have music streaming services such as Spotify and simply require that the list of music is emailed in advance of the service. This music can be non-religious in nature, to reflect a favourite piece of music, or song, of the deceased. There is also the option to have soloists and musicians perform music.