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Funeral Planning

music & hymns

St John's provides a professional musician (organist) to provide music at all funerals and memorial services in the church. Those arranging the service are invited to have as much input into the selection of the music and hymns as they wish to, and may also arrange for other musicians and vocalists to be involved, in consultation with St John's.


There is normally music as the congregation gather (for approximately 15mins prior to the service commencing), and as the congregation leave (the postlude). There may also be a musical reflection during the service.


There may be one or more hymns (usually not more than three).

Some popular hymns

  • Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  • 'And did those feet' (Jerusalem)
  • Abide with me
  • I vow to thee my country
  • The Lord's my shephed
  • Guide me O thou great Jehovah
  • Eternal Father, strong to save
  • Immortal, invisible, God only wise
  • Be still my soul
  • Make me a channel of your peace
  • Thine be the glory
  • Solists and the Choir

    St John's has an excellent choir. The full choir, or as many as can be present, or one or more principal soloists, may be engaged to lead the singing of hymns at the service and / or to provide musical items, anthems, or reflective peices, as desired.

    Recorded Music

    St John's has the facility to play recorded music during the service. An original CD is best as some 'burned' or copied formats do not play on our system. If a 'burned' CD is to be used, it is important this be played through on our system prior to the service.

    Recessional Music

    The recessional music is the music played as the congregation leave the church, at a funeral following the casket of the deceased. It is an important moment in the ceremony. Some suggestions, for organ, are:

  • March from 'Scipio' (Handel)
  • Largo from 'Xerxes' (Handel)
  • Nimrod from 'Enigma variations' (Elgar)
  • 'Sheep may safely graze' (Bach)
  • Director of Music & Organist

    The Director of Music at St John's is Mr Christopher Cook

    who may be contacted on

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