Concerning the Music at Your Wedding

When you choose to have your wedding in Trinity College Chapel, you must honour and respect its musical and liturgical traditions, which are as vital to the Chapel as are its stone and glass.

We strive to ensure that the music we offer in worship here is the very best we can offer, and that it transcends the (often) banal or mundane of which we hear too much in our daily lives. Popular music is inappropriate in our worship, as it is meant to entertain its listeners, rather than to lift our hearts, minds and souls to God.

You need to choose appropriate music for:

  1. The entrance of the bridal party. (Note that one piece is played, as it is one procession of the bride and her attendants.)
  2. Music played as the bride and groom leave the Chapel.

Other incidental music is played or sung:

  1. Before the service, ending one or two minutes before the procession.
  2. During the signing of the register.

A hymn may be sung by the congregation (keep in mind that the congregation should be familiar with it, and be up to the challenge, or it will fail).

If you wish to have a singer, or a small choir, these will be arranged with the Organist and Choirmaster, or with the Organ Scholar (An honorarium is set for each singer, in addition to the normal fees for a wedding).

Keep in mind that not all organ music is in the repertoire of our musicians, and that the scope of the organ in the Chapel may not allow some music to be effective.

The Organist and Choirmaster or the Bevan Organ Scholar will be pleased to meet with you to choose appropriate music to make your celebration a joyous and dignified event.

John Tuttle
Organist and Choirmaster