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Catholic Wedding Music

The Balintore Trio is very experienced with Catholic Wedding Music

The Balintore Trio has been performing at Catholic wedding ceremonies around the Greater Toronto area for the past twelve years.

Over those years, we have become very knowledgeable with the many aspects and details to consider when choosing the music for your Catholic wedding ceremony. One of the considerations is what the priest's preferences are when selecting music.

Usually, a priest is open to having some secular music, but occasionally, a priest will only allow sacred music to be included in the ceremony. The term 'sacred music' simply means music composed for religious use. Some examples of sacred music typically performed at Catholic wedding ceremonies are: 'Sheep May Safely Graze' (J.S. Bach), 'Ave Maria' (Franz Schubert), 'Panis Angelicus' (Cesar Franck) and 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' (J.S. Bach). All of these pieces can be heard on the Balintore Trio website,

If the priest isn't concerned with all the music in the ceremony being sacred, then there are many choices available. Here are some popular pieces that are often chosen for wedding ceremonies:

(* indicates that these pieces can be heard on our website,

*Air on a G String (J.S. Bach)
Aria (G.F. Handel)
*Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)
Largo from 'The Four Seasons' (A. Vivaldi)
*Spring from 'The Four Seasons' (A. Vivaldi)
Minuet (W. Gluck)
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Water Music-Air (G.F. Handel)
Wedding March (R. Wagner)
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba (G.F. Handel)
*Hornpipe from 'Water Music' (G.F. Handel)
La Rejouissance (G.F. Handel)
Rondeau (J.J. Mouret)
*Trumpet Tune (H. Purcell)
Wedding March (F. Mendelssohn)

In planning out the wedding ceremony music, first the couple will need to consult with the priest on the format of the ceremony. There will be specific points in the ceremony when the option will be to have music accompaniment or not, and this depends again on the priest's preferences, along with whether a singer will be performing in the ceremony.

These are the typical points in the ceremony that usually require music, (whether it's a Catholic ceremony or otherwise):

The Processional: this will either be one piece of music for everyone walking down the aisle, or it could be separate pieces of music for the parents, bridesmaids and bride.

The Signing of the Register: this is a piece of music to entertain the guests while the registry is being signed.

The Recessional: this is a piece of music that accompanies the bride and groom, followed by the bridal party as they exit the church. Usually it is something lively and jubilant.

There are several other possible points in the Catholic wedding ceremony where music may be needed. Some of these include:

The Responsorial Psalm: this comes between the first and second reading. It could be either read without musical accompaniment or sung by a singer with musical accompaniment.

The Gospel Acclamation: this also could be either sung with musical accompaniment or it could be read.

Preparation of the Gifts: this is a brief period as the priest prepares the Eucharist, when music may or may not need to occur.

Communion: if the ceremony consists of a full mass, then communion would take place. Music is typically performed while this occurs.

Reflection: sometimes a priest may suggest a point in the ceremony when a reflective piece of music is performed, allowing for meditation among the congregants. Or it may be something that the bride and groom choose to have as a musical interlude to break up the ceremony.

With all of these decisions to be made, it is important to remember that in a Catholic wedding ceremony, the priest usually dictates or guides many of the decisions, and it is necessary to consult with him before making musical selections.

The Balintore Trio is very experienced with the format of the Catholic wedding ceremony and is comfortable suggesting appropriate musical selections to match the wishes of the bridal couple along with the requirements of the Church.

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