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Church or Civil Service, Michael has the music to make your day special

Music for your special day

Michael is an accomplished church organist, and as well as regular services and many weddings, has been fortunate to play for Christmas Day Mass at Arundel Cathedral and for a special packed-out service in the cathedral like Chapel at Lancing College. He is equally happy playing for Civil Ceremonies. At church weddings, he finds regular musical favourites include the ever popular Widor Toccata and the stirring Hornpipe from Handel’s Water music, as well, of course, as the traditional Wedding March. Whilst signing the register, some couples opt for gentle light classical music, such as Pachelbel’s Canon or The Air on a G String, whilst others prefer to hear their favourite love ballads played softly. If you are looking for an extra special touch, Michael can bring along a soprano with him to sing favourites such as Ave Maria during the signing of the registers, or perhaps a trumpeter to add a musical touch of class to the Trumpet Voluntary. If you are having a Civil Ceremony, Michael will play the Grand Piano if one is available or, if not, is happy to bring along a Digital Piano or one of his electronic Keyboards or Organs, which can sound either like a traditional classical organ or any orchestral or band instrument you can imagine. The spectrum of music suitable here is very wide and Michael has been asked to play beautiful romantic melodies including The Wind Beneath My Wings and Love Changes Everything to give a romantic feel, whilst, for a triumphal piece of exit music, one couple chose the theme from Star Trek, The Next Generation! Michael plays for weddings big and small. Amongst his more lavish engagements have been be playing for music mogul Simon Cowell’s brother’s ceremony and at services where guests have included Sir Paul McCartney and Sinnitta. He puts just the same amount of enthusiasm into playing for small family services in the tiniest of parish churches and for Civil Ceremonies. For Michael, it is always about using the magic of his music to make the happy couple’s day as special as is possible. Once the main service is over, Michael can play gentle jazz to welcome your guests to your reception. The quality solo cocktail piano ambience can be further enhanced by the addition of singers and musicians to make a duo, trio or quartet.
Organ Pipes Soprano Carole Paternoster Trumpeter Richard Baker Singer Emily Matthews Drummer Gareth Thompson Singer Samara Stanton The Big River Duo Michael Wooldridge Jazz Band Gentle Wedding Jazz with vocalist Emily and Saxophonist Chris