Sacred selection for the ceremony
‘Ave Maria’ by Anton Bruckner
‘Ave Maria’ by Franz Schubert, sung here by Barbara Bonney. Our arrangement is for choir
‘Ave verum Corpus’ by Mozart
‘Beati quorum via‘ by Charles Villiers Standford; sung in this example by the Cambridge Singers
‘Exsultate justi’ by Viadana
‘Haec Dies’ by William Byrd, sung here by the King’s Singers. Any arrangement of the Latin words Haec Dies is suitable, as it means ‘This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us be glad and rejoice in it.’
‘If ye love me‘ by Thomas Tallis; sung in this example by the incredible Tallis Scholars
‘Irish blessing’ by John Chilcott, sung here by our friends in the Reading Phoenix Choir
‘I was glad when they said unto me’ by Purcell
‘Rejoice in the Lord alway’ by Purcell
‘Jesu joy of man’s desiring’ by J.S. Bach
‘Panis angelicus’ by Cesar Franck, sung here by the choir of King’s College Cambridge
‘Laudate Dominum’ by WA Mozart
‘Locus iste’ by Anton Bruckner, sung here by a Munich choir
‘Sicut cervus’ by Palestrina, sung here by the Cambridge Singers. Translation: ‘As a hart longs for the flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee’.
‘I’m gonna sing ’til the spirit moves in my heart‘ by Moses Hogan; sung in this example by Greater Allen Cathedral Choir. This would suit a couple who want more of a gospel sound for their wedding.
Secular selection for the ceremony—we have a growing list of secular songs suitable for signing the register in non-religious settings and are always open to suggestions. Once you have suggested a song we will do our best to source a suitable arrangement or even write one ourselves, which means that you will have a bespoke arrangement of your special song.
‘All creatures now’ by John Bennet
‘As torrents in summer‘ by Edward Elgar; words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
‘Come live with me and be my love’ by William Sterndale Bennett; a very jolly piece with wonderfully apt words by Christopher Marlowe.
‘Sing we and chant it, while love doth grant it’ by Thomas Morley.
‘This marriage‘ by Eric Whitacre; sung here by the quintet, Phonix 5
‘You are the new day‘ by John David, arranged by Peter Knight; the recording we have chosen is our favourite group, the King’s Singers, introduced by our patron, Paul Phoenix.
‘Come ye sons of art’ by Purcell
Just for fun—these might be suitable for the choir to sing as your guests arrive or later on, during your reception.
‘Blue moon’ by Rodgers and Hart
‘Can’t buy me love’ by Lennon/McCartney, arranged by Keith Abbs
‘Dashing away with the smoothing iron‘ arranged by John Rutter
‘Dark-eyed sailor’ arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams; particularly apt if your name is William!
‘Here, there and everywhere’ by Lennon/McCartney, arranged by J. Wikeley
‘I got rhythm’ by George and Ira Gershwin, arranged by Christopher Clapham
‘I’m gonna be (500 miles)’ by The Proclaimers, arr. Vicky Burrett
‘I will’ by The Beatles, arranged by Alan Simmons
‘Just as the tide was flowing’ arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
‘Let’s do it’ by Cole Porter, arranged by David Blackwell
‘Tea for two’ by Vincent Youmans
‘Tequila Samba’ by Guy Turner
‘s wonderful’ by George Gershwin
‘When I’m 64’ by The Beatles, arranged by Alan Simmons
Popular sacred hymns—let Harlequin lift your congregational singing with harmony and descants! Many folks are not used to congregational singing and find it intimidating. Harlequin Chamber Choir will double or triple the volume which allows your friends and family to feel confident and supported so they can simply enjoy being part of our soundworld.
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
Love Divine all loves excelling
Praise my soul the King of heaven
And did those feet in ancient time
I danced in the morning when the world was begun
Morning has broken
Audience participation songs—we all have songs in our hearts that are special to us. Any songs you love will be supported by us with harmony lines where appropriate. Our strong, confident singers can turn your friends and family into part of a professional-sounding choir.