A wedding is an occasion of immense spiritual significance, and from antiquity classical music has accompanied the service because its aesthetic refinement symbolises the purity of sensibility and emotion involved.
Jane, Emily and Leo's longstanding experience not only furnishes us with performance elan, but with discretionary qualities of timing and subtlety that are especially vital within the delicate dynamic of a service.
Mostly, clients leave music selection to our discretion. However if you have requests or are unsure about appropriate music for your ceremony, then let us take your hand and together we will prepare music that best reflects your personal commitment in a meaningful way.
A Protestant or Civil service usually equates to a booking of one hour and presents five musical opportunities; Guests Arrive, Processional, Signing of the Register, Recessional, and Guests Leave.
A Catholic or Orthodox service usually equates to a booking of one and a quarter hours and presents seven musical opportunities; Guests Arrive, Processional, Offertory, Communion, Signing of the Register, Recessional, and Guests Leave.
The prudent bride or groom will consider booking us for an extra 15 minutes in case the service runs overtime.
These booking times cover the service nicely by providing music for about fifteen minutes pre-ceremony and five minutes post-ceremony. Our booking time should start 15 minutes before the processional starts. For example, if the processional starts at 2pm then we should be booked from 1:45 - 2:45pm.
Below is a selection of appropriate pieces listed in general descending order of popularity, this is not a reflection of each pieces' musical merit but is simply a matter of tradition or taste.
J. Pachelbel - Canon
R. Wagner - Bridal March from Lohengrin
L. Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakme
J. Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
E. Morricone - Gabriel’s Oboe
J.S. Bach - Air from orchestral suite in D Major; Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
F. Schubert - Ave Maria
C. Franck - Panis Angelicus
P. Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
F. Mendelssohn - Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
G. Handel - Hornpipe from Water Music; Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks Music; Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Xadok the Priest
J. Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
L. Beethoven - Ode to Joy from Symphony no 9
The duration of each piece is not a concern when planning your service. Most pieces are from three to five minutes long and thus fit well within each section. Also most classical music contains repeats or recurring phrases which sound excellent if attenuated at a cadence point. For example Pachelbel's Canon is based on a cyclical baseline which means we will always time your Processional to perfection! There is no input needed from you on the day. We take our cues directly or by liaising with the Priest or Celebrant prior to the ceremony.
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and the rest of the trio for performing so beautifully at our wedding ceremony at Dalton Chapel. The music was stunning and really set the mood for the mass. It was nice to just sit and take everything in - you allowed us to have some really beautiful moments of reflection. We really appreciated your accommodation of our music choices a well.
I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to thank you all in person on the day!
Thank you so much again,
Josie and Marcel @ St Ignatius College, Riverview 5/5/18
I just wanted to say thank you to you all for doing such a wonderful performance at my wedding. I had so many people compliment the beautiful music and it was just perfect for the feel of the day.
Thanks so much again, please let me know if there is anywhere I can post a review for you. I will definitely recommend you to all my clients.
Greer @ Park Hyatt, The Rocks 22/12/17
Just a quick note to let you know how thankful we are for your beautiful music at our wedding. You sounded absolutely amazing! Several people have commented on how beautiful your playing was. There were even a few musicians in the crowd who thought it was exceptional!
Thank you so much for making our wonderful day even more special. I will definitely be recommending you guys in the future to anyone/everyone looking for musicians.
Catherine @ St Peter Chanel, Woolwich 28/10/17
Just wanted to say thank you to Accent Strings for performing at our wedding. Our civil ceremony was everything we had hoped for and more and definitely couldn't have been pulled off without your professional performance!
Sanjay @ The Mint, Sydney 9/9/17