WEDDING MUSIC FOR YOU

I am available to play for your wedding in Metropolitan Melbourne in general. Booking a church building and an independent organist separately can cost you a lot more than a package deal.  I recommend you to consider the attractive package at a very competitive rate that Toorak Uniting Church offers: http://www.toorakuc.org.au/weddings-facilities/weddings/

One of the advantages of using Toorak Uniting Church is the space inside the building is very flexible. A small crowd of about 50 people can fit in feeling cosy, but if your crowd is large, the church actually can sit 300 to 400 people easily and comfortably!  The church offers a comprehensive package for the whole ceremony which includes me. The best part of having live music rather than recorded music is that I respond to the situation, the environment, the size of the audience, their mood (some are more lively and some are more serious or "solemn", I listen and adjust). 

Every now and then, the most embarrassing thing happens to someone who chose to play a CD or mp3 files for a part of the ceremony - the track just won't play!  Well, it would be much better to have a real person around to spare those moments. One of my most vivid recollections is that one couple decided they didn't want me at all whether it's the piano or the organ, in the end the bride somehow decided that she should walk down the aisle with live music - the only reason why I was even there on the day! The hour arrived and the groom discovered that he had completely forgotten to bring their pre-recorded music!  What was going to happen if I wasn't there at the start of the ceremony? That came close to a disaster for them.

I have included pictures of the church in some of the video clips below. If you are looking for a church venue for your wedding, this is the best and most economical way to have both a great venue and me to play live music for you. Please feel free to contact me for more information. The list here includes some of the most popular and iconic organ pieces that you might like to use at your wedding ceremony (click on the hypertext and it will take you to the video):


Some popular choices for Bridal entry:

Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke
Bridal Chorus by Wagner
Prelude from Te Deum by Antoine Charpentier
Canon by Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary in D Major by John Stanley
Trumpet Tune by Purcell

Some popular choices for Recessional/Exit:

The famous Wedding March by Mendelssohn.
Toccata from Symphony No. 5  by Charles-Marie Widor.
Hornpipe from Water Music by G.F. Handel.
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G.F. Handel

Fanfare by William Mathias
Sortie in E-flat by Louis Lefebure-Wely
Allegro from Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Major (RV230), transcribed by J.S. Bach (BWV 972)

Something quiet and classical, suitable for signing or prelude, for example:

Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart.
Air from Suite No. 3 in D by J.S. Bach
Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams
Prière à Notre-Dame (from Suite Gothique) by Leon Boëllmann
Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria by Schubert
Sheep may Safely Graze
(from Cantata No. 208) by Bach
Sanctify us by thy Goodness (from Cantata No.22) by Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata No. 147) by Bach
Larghetto from Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Major 
Choral Prelude "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" by Bach
Nun Danket alle Gott (from Cantata No. 79) by Bach
Arioso by Bach
Aria (from Concerto Grosso No. 12) by Handel
Air from Water Music by Handel
Panis Angelicus by Franck
A slow movement from one of the Vivaldi concertos.

I also can play the piano for you during the ceremony, here are some possible choices:

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote this beautiful piano piece "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen"  on the 25th wedding anniversary of him and his wife.

If you like something quiet, here are a few examples:
Prelude by J.S. Bach 
Gymnopedie by Erik Satie
la fille aux cheveux de lin by Debussy
Clair de lune by Debussy
A slow movement from one of the Vivaldi concertos.

If you want something completely different from the "popular" pieces, I have a list of piece that you can choose from.

What if you really fancy something very different, and baroque? Would music like this Buxtehude piece be something you are after?


The list here is too short? OK, email me and I'll send you more.

What about if you want a singer?  Too easy, I regularly work with several professional singers who can sing at your wedding, just let me know and I can organise it for you. You will need to pay the fee separately to the singer. (audio/video clips are coming soon. watch this space...)

Occasionally I got requests from couples asking me if I play the symphony by so and so.... Well, the organ is like an orchestra, a lot of favourite organ music for weddings actually are adaptations from orchestral pieces. However, not every orchestral piece can be adapted to the organ without monstrous time and efforts.   Show me what you are desperate to have, we can discuss if it is possible for me to play it on the organ, if not, consider saving your orchestra CD for your reception, I am sure your guests will appreciate it. Remember, your wedding ceremony is a live ceremony, everything happens real time, nothing is pre-recorded, it really deserves live music.

One last thing I often hear from couples is that "It is my wedding" and "It is about us".  Music is something that both you and your guests including families and friends can really relate to and share. They can't really share "your" wedding, if you choose music that they can somehow relate to, most of them are grateful because it makes them feel being part of your celebration. Although it is "your" wedding, it really isn't just about you. From that day forth, you call your spouse's parents and siblings "in-laws". Their family and children become your relatives too. It's no longer just the two of you. Your wedding is in fact an end to "just the two of you". You have become mature enough to leave the "just us" phase and walk into a new chapter. Your wedding creates a third family from the two families where the two of you came from. So, consider everyone who would love to share your joy and remember your day with the help of the music you choose for both yourselves and for them. 

Located in the classy Melbourne suburb Toorak, Toorak Uniting Church, offers you a unique and beautiful venue for your wedding ceremony. In addition to the beautiful grounds surrounding the church and the stunning interior, concert organist Jennifer Chou provides you and your guests glorious and the best organ music that is fitting to your wedding. The default setting plays the video with photos of a lower resolution, choose one of the HD options from the setting if you want to see the photos better. You can visit www.jennifer-chou.com or email Jennifer for a list of suggestion on organ music for your wedding, or to make a time to meet with Jennifer to discuss your need (a fee may apply).

ABOUT TOORAK UNITING CHURCH:

Toorak Uniting Church (www.toorakuc.org.au) is a stunning historical building in the classy suburb of Melbourne, equipped with a small and cosy and romantic memorial garden for you to enjoy and take photographs. Designed by Reed & Barnes in a comparable Frenchified Gothic idiom, the church was opened in 1876. The 100-ft high spire was completed in 1878. Second transepts, apse and vestries were added and opened in 1889.

Joseph Reed (c.1823-1890) was a most successful 19th century architects in Melbourne. Arriving Australia from Cornwall in 1853, he won the competition to design the Melbourne Public Library in 1854. Other major buildings which followed included the Melbourne Town Hall, the Exhibition Building and the original Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne.


 
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