Funeral Music for Organists, Keyboard Players, Singers
Repertoire Suggestions & Digital Sheet Music Downloads

REPERTOIRE SUGGESTIONS & SHEET MUSIC from Catalogue of Funeral & Wedding Music
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Here are some of the most popular funeral SHEET MUSIC Downloads:

Abide with me
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria -ever-popular setting by Schubert
Ave Maria -setting by Gounod on Bach's 1st Prelude
Ave verum corpus-W.A.Mozart
I know that my redeemer liveth from Handel's Messiah
In Paradisum from Faure's Requiem
Jesu joy of man's desiring
Largo from "Xerxes"-Handel's famous music popularly used for funeral music.
Nearer my God to thee(re-popularised by the Movie "Titanic") ,
Panis Angelicus -ever-popular setting by Cesar Franck
Pie Jesu-from Faure's Requiem
Pieta Signore -popularised by Andrea Bocelli
Song of Farewell (May the angels lead you into Paradise -Londonderry Air tune a.k.a "Danny Boy"
The Holy City -"Jerusalem"
The Lord's my shepherd (Crimond)
The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)-popularised by Charlotte Church

Other Christian funeral music repertoire choices often selected range from traditional favourites such as: "How great thou art", "Hail, Queen of Heaven" (especially for catholic funeral music) to contemporary hymns and funeral songs such as "Eagles wings", "As gentle as silence", "Shepherd me O God".

THE FUNERAL SERVICE - Where does the music fit in?

A typical Funeral Service might consist of the following:

  • An Entrance Song: To accompany the entrance of the coffin and/or clergy or simply as a "gathering" song.
  • A Psalm: Psalms are biblical songs and the psalm after a reading provides a moment for reflection. Some beautiful funeral psalm texts include "The Lord is my shepherd"(Psalm 23) or "The Lord is my light and my salvation".
  • A Hymn: Depending on the structure of the service, hymns may be included and can be an opportunity for everyone to sing. Alternatively, a solo reflection may be preferred.
  • A Recessional An instrumental piece is best to accompany the departure of the coffin and those present. Depending on preference, this may be a dignified or subdued piece, or a more triumphant and uplifting choice.

Noel James Debien - Director of Music
Email Noel; Choir Secretary, Sharon Johnson: Tel. (02) 9816 0875 (bh); Mob: 0431 457 441 Email Choir Secretary

Noel began his musical studies at an early age under the Brigidine sisters, and by 11 was a boy treble in the Choir of St. Augustine's College, Brookvale in Sydney under the direction of friar and musician Patrick Fahey O.S.A, Peter Bohrsmann and Ann Sutcliffe.

He studied music in the Music department of the University of Sydney under Professor Platt, Winsome Evans, Peter Sculthorpe, Nicholas Routley, Allan Marret and Graham Hardie where he sang in Pro Musica Choir, the Sydney University Chamber Choir and the Choir of St James, King st. Sydney 1979-80 (directed by Walter Sutcliffe). He joined the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral choir in 1981-82 (directed by David Russell), touring Europe with them in January of 1982, and began his theological studies in 1982 at St Columban’s seminary and then St Patrick’s Manly 1983-87. He became the Praefectus Musicae for the Seminary Choir (ATTBB) 1985-87. During this time he founded and directed the Ars Gratia Christi Chamber choir (SATB). On the completion of the S.T.B. (the Roman degree) and the Bachelor of Theology (the Sydney College of Divinity degree) he began teaching at Mercy College Chatswood (1988), where he directed the SSA choir, and then at St Vincent’s College Potts Point (1989-1994) where he directed the SSAA choir. He was also appointed Director of Music at Mary Immaculate church Waverley (1988-94) for the Vigil Masses, and also directed the John Paul Choir. During this period he also sang on Sundays with the Choir of Christchurch St. Laurence and was a member of the concert tour choirs to both New Zealand and Europe. In 1995 he taught theology and literature at the Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, where he was a professional member of the Brno Madrigal Quintet, directed by Roman Valek, and toured in Europe. He was also a member of the Choir of the Brno Konservatoř (Conservatorium), also under the direction of Roman Valek – competing in the international choral competition at Cantonigros in Spain. During 1995, he also toured Austria with the choir of St George’s Cathedral Limburg (Lahn) under the direction of Hans Bernhardt. On returning to Australia in 1996, he sang with the Choir at St Francis Paddington, as well as subbing with the new professional choir at St James’ King St and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Voices on Australian tour. He was appointed director of Music at St Francis Paddington after the Easter Season of 2006.

To engage an organist, to discuss planning arrangements and fees, the choice of music and other musicians, telephone the choir secretary on 0431 457 441.

Include Musical Notation in your Funeral Service Booklets Click here to find out how!

Other links
A setting of "May flights of Angels lead you on your way" set to Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) click here

The Church Music site - most helpful for hints -has some hymn suggestions but only some are well known in the Australian context!click here
Cyber Hymnal - An online source for many traditional hymn click here