We have played for a wide variety not only of weddings, but civil partnerships, blessings, christenings and many other special occasions, in venues from tiny village churches to cathedrals, and hotels large and small. Most weddings follow a pattern though, and it may be informative to set out in general what you can expect from us and our music.
We divide what we offer into three sections: the Wedding Ceremony, the Drinks Reception, and the Wedding Breakfast.
The Wedding Ceremony
We arrive at the venue an hour before the ceremony starts, and we are ready to play 20-30 minutes before that time. We are used to liaising with the registrar or priest over the best place to play, and exactly when to start and stop the music.
Then, while the wedding guests are taking their places, we generally play light classical music, e.g. Handel’s Largo or a divertimento by Mozart. This sets the right atmosphere for the ceremony, and may serve to calm the nervous groom.
For the arrival of the bride, a popular choice is the stately Canon in D by Pachelbel. Then there’s the traditional Here Comes The Bride, but there may well be particular music which couples wish to have at this special moment. A Touch of Class will provide a professional arrangement of your own favourite if it is suitable.
In a church service we will gladly play for the hymns if you wish. The signing of the register is another moment for a special piece, which may be among the hundreds in our repertoire. Again, we are glad to give any help and advice that may be needed.
Finally the exit of the bridal party: we feel that it’s important here to have music that is immediately bright and joyful in character. The traditional Wedding March by Mendelssohn suits admirably, but there are several other equally effective tunes such as the Trumpet Tune by Purcell.
Listen to short extracts of the music in bold:
Another piece we often play in the wedding ceremony is the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’; hear our complete performance on our ‘Repertoire’ page.
The Drinks Reception
It is likely that the reception will be in a different room, or a different venue altogether. We are perfectly used to moving, and can set up in a new location with the minimum of fuss. If we have not played for the ceremony, we’ll arrive at the venue in time for the arrival of the first guests.
If it’s a nice day you may very well want to be outside for the drinks, and we are happy with this as long as the weather is dry and not too windy. Again we are used to liaising with the staff over where best to play, timings etc. The guests can now mingle and chat, and the music of A Touch of Class matches the more convivial mood. Of course we’ll include any particular pieces you’ve asked for. This part of the day will probably last an hour at least, maybe an hour an a half, until you’re ready to go in for the meal.
Listen to a short medley: (Upstairs Downstairs, Moonlight and Roses and The Entertainer).
The Wedding Breakfast
Thereafter we’ll entertain you and your guests with a medley of music for all tastes: elegant light classics, foot-tapping rags, evergreen standard numbers, show-time favourites, modern chart songs and much more, all giving a real lift to the atmosphere of the occasion. We’ll incorporate your particular requests, or you can give us a general idea of the music you’d like. If you’d rather leave the choice of music to us, that’s fine too – we are adept at sensing the mood and ringing the changes so that there’s something for everyone.
The meal will generally take between an hour-and-a-half and two hours, and we may take a short breather about half-way through. If all goes to time we normally bring our performance to a close – with a flourish – at about the time coffee is served.
Listen to a longer sequence: (Blue Tango, Cock Linnet, Chanson de Matin, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and The Blue Danube)