Sing-along songs of sor­row

FU­NERAL SINGER BRI­ONY RAWLE SHARES THE MOST MOV­ING PIECES OF MU­SIC RE­QUESTED BY MOURN­ERS

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Hal­lelu­jah by Leonard Co­hen

“A stun­ning song with tragic lyrics, so it works best when it was a per­son’s favourite rather than it be­ing cho­sen sim­ply for the fu­neral set­ting. You have to be aware of the at­mos­phere you’re cre­at­ing: per­form­ing the orig­i­nal a cap­pella is very dif­fer­ent to singing Alexandra Burke’s pop ver­sion with its swelling strings.”

For Good by Stephen Schwartz

“It’s a duet from the mu­si­cal Wicked, sung by two fe­male vo­cal­ists. We oc­ca­sion­ally re­ceive re­quests for songs from West End shows – it can rep­re­sent a per­son’s life bet­ter than a tra­di­tional hymn or clas­si­cal tune. Theatre ac­tors have to sell the song and char­ac­ter. At a fu­neral, it’s stripped back, but the raw emo­tion re­mains.”

Bright Eyes by Art Gar­funkel

“Ser­vices are now more about healthy, ful­fill­ing good­byes. When we per­form Bright Eyes, you can see its pos­i­tive ef­fect on the room. Mu­sic done the right way can re­lease ten­sion and free the griev­ing process.”

Bri­ony is a mem­ber of Lon­don Fu­neral Singers; lon­don­fu­ner­alsingers.co.uk

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