Music forms an important part of funerals. It can be a great way to reflect the personality of your loved one. Some funeral music ideas include:

  • The deceased’s favourite song.
  • A song that has meaning for the family or encapsulates that person.
  • Something linked to a favourite destination such as ‘Viva Las Vegas’. ‘New York, New York’ or ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’. ‘Scarborough Fair’ is also a popular song given our location.

Funeral music doesn’t just have to be classical. You can play any kind you like, from pop to opera, country to rock. Two minutes of music is normally played upon entering and leaving the service.

How long can the music last?

Most venues have facilities to play pre-recorded procedural music and exit music. These normally last around two minutes each. If you have a more lengthy track you can always stipulate ‘play’ preferences. We can also offer advice.

We can’t get hold of our Dad’s favourite song. Can you help?

Yes, of course. We can source songs from online music services such as iTunes and Amazon. Also Woodlands Crematorium in Scarborough can use anything as long as it’s published on YouTube or is a cassette or CD sent in advance. Please take a look at the Woodlands crematorium music list.

A relative is bringing along a special recording on the day. Is that OK?

Unfortunately not. We need to have a copy at least two days’ beforehand to make sure everything runs smoothly. We need to check the format of the recording is compatible with the venue’s technology.

Can we have musicians rather than a recording?

Yes, we have connections with local musicians. We also have an extensive list of organists. We can arrange for an organist to play at your service including intro and departure music if you wish.

Here is also an example of another musician suggestion:

If you are unsure of party size/ singing hymns, we recommend choosing a pre-recorded version ‘with singers/choir’ to play. This means the hymn will sound ‘fuller’ on the day. Again, just ask us for advice.

Funeral music ideas – classical

The Lark Ascending – Vaughan Williams

Flower Duet – Lakme

Claire de Lune – Claude Debussy

The Distance Between – Adrian Munsey

Nimrod – Edward Elgar

Canon in D – Johann Pachebel

Morning – Edvard Grieg

Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber

Pastoral Symphony: Fifth Movement – Ludwig van Beethoven

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach