Frequently asked questions

We're always happy to answer any questions you may have. If you don't find the answer you're looking for here, feel free to contact us

Who are you?

We are a bespoke funeral singing agency based in London with over fifty professional singers on our books. Visit our About page to learn more.

Do you only cover London?

We started out in London but we can now perform anywhere in the UK. Travel expenses may apply if your service is outside of London and the Home Counties.

Why have live music at a funeral?

Many people find that hearing a special song at a funeral service helps them to grieve, and to feel close to their loved one once again. Music simply goes to places that words can't reach, particularly when it's sung live especially for you and your congregation. It can also lift the more sombre moments in a funeral service, helping the congregation to feel more at ease and remember happy times with the person who has passed.

At what point in the funeral service should there be music?

The music can come at any time you like. We often sing to break the long silence during the communion, lead the congregational offertory hymn in a funeral mass, or perform a special song after the eulogy. Many people will have background organ music as the congregation arrives and leaves; some then have a special song or processional hymn as the coffin enters, and another when it leaves the church. We're happy to advise you about what would fit best with your service.

What music should I choose for a funeral?

Most people choose a song that reminds them of their loved one, or their favourite hymns, but we'll sing anything you like. If you're looking for inspiration visit our Listen page for some samples and for a list of the top ten funeral songs. We'll happily advise you if you're stuck.

Can I really choose anything?

Yes, anything! Our wide range of singers means that we'll always have the right voice to match your song choices.

How much does it cost?

We provide a completely bespoke service, so each quote is tailored for your requirements. Our prices begin at £190 for one soloist to lead the congregation in up to two hymns. Things that will affect the cost include

  • The number of singers you'd like
  • The amount and type of music required
  • Whether the singers will be leading the congregation or performing alone
  • The amount of preparation and rehearsal required
  • Whether or not a bespoke arrangement is needed
  • The distance of the service from London.

We'll work with you to find the perfect arrangement to suit your budget.

What's your availability?

Because we draw on a book of over fifty singers we will always be able to find singers for you, no matter the day, time, or location.

How much notice do you need?

Ideally we'd like a minimum of one week to source exactly the right singers and to make all the arrangements, but we can send singers with as little as a day's notice.

What if I change my mind about the music?

As long as you can give us a reasonable amount of notice it's fine if you change your mind about what music you want. We understand that planning a funeral is a difficult time and that it's an important decision.

Do I need to do anything?

No. Once we have all the necessary details from you, we'll take it from there. You can stay in touch with us in the lead-up to the service if you like, but it may be that you speak to us once in the initial phone call/email and then just see us on the day. We'll get in touch with you if we need to check anything.

Do I need to meet with you on the day?

No. We want to leave you to concentrate on saying goodbye to your loved one, so the singers will be in place when the congregation arrives and will stay there until the venue is empty.

How and when do I pay?

You don't need to pay us on the day, we'll send you an invoice after the service with all the necessary details. We accept payment by bank transfer or cheque.

What will your singers wear?

We have a strict dress code of smart black, with a small silver brooch to identify them. Men will be in dark or black suits with a dark tie, and women in a black dress or smart trousers, and everyone will be neatly presented. Please let us know if there will be a different dress code for your service.

Do you do funerals for all Christian denominations?

Yes, we cover all denominations including Anglican/Church of England, Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Quaker and Pentecostal.

Do you do non-Christian funerals?

Yes, we cover funerals for all religions.

Do you do secular funerals?

Yes, we do all kinds of different and non-traditional funerals.

Can you perform outside?

Yes, we have done once or twice!

How many singers should I have for a funeral?

We may make a recommendation according to your music choices, but ultimately it's up to you. We can provide everything from a single soloist to a choir of twenty! More singers will always result in a more uplifting performance, unless the venue is extremely small. If the singers will be singing traditional hymns we recommend choirs in multiples of four because most hymns are written in four parts. We're happy to advise you based on your requirements, and we'll balance the choir carefully no matter how many singers you choose.

Do you provide the organist?

Many churches and crematoria have a resident organist, but we can also provide organists for a fee of £150.

Can you provide instrumentalists?

Yes we have many professional instrumentalists of all kinds on our books as well as singers, including organists, pianists, trumpeters, violinists, flautists, saxophonists, lutists and bagpipers.

Do you do funeral poems or readings?

Yes, we can provide trained actors if you would love a special poem or reading at your service, but are nervous of reading in public or think that it might be too difficult for you to speak on the day. The fee for this is £150.

Do I have to book you through my funeral director?

No, you can book with us directly if you prefer. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Call us now to discuss your requirements

0203 488 3080