Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of Live Music

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Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of live music

I am an ordained Interfaith Minister, currently creating and performing legal alternative wedding ceremonies in Ireland.  I am delighted to see more and more of my marrying couples using powerful live ceremony music to enhance their wedding ceremonies. I also work with my partner Liam Mac Amhaila, an established, talented Connemara musician and composer in a musical collaboration called An Anu.

My musical experience through many years of performance, ranging from opera at Covent Garden to international touring with my own band, has brought me to a place where I see the power and energy of live performance is as important as the actual music. My study of music in ceremony and healing as an Ethnomusicologist, have led me to the conclusion that music in ceremony has a very important role to play in our modern world.  Bringing universal healing and regeneration to our gatherings.

As An Anu, we create music with a spiritual theme, and a powerful energy of celebration and love. Our music is strongly vocal, as we are both singers. We incorporate concert flute, Irish whistle and guitar. Also darabuka (North African hand drum) and bodhran. We perform Irish traditional folk plus roots music such as blues, jazz and gospel. The music is rooted in both our cultural origins, Irish and African/Caribbean both original compositions (some inspired by the writings of John O’Donahue are increasingly popular for my ceremonies)  and well known songs and instrumentals. Wedding CeremThe uplifting power of live music.

Wedding Ceremony Music; the uplifting power of live music

The feeling of achievement that comes from performing music in a ceremony that I have created in collaboration with a couple, and that I am also officiating, is satisfying because of the many positive functions it fulfils. There is a sense of healing and balancing, of purifying and clearing the atmosphere and mood of the ceremony. There is a great sense, also of focusing the intentions of everybody present into a feeling of one-ness and unity, and the consequence is a shared positivity and a relaxed and happy start to the wedding celebrations. The flavour of which permeates the whole day.

Using Uplifting Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of live music

If you are interested in live music for your own wedding ceremony, here are a few points to encourage you to go ahead:

1.Your guests will be entertained during your ceremony in a way that cannot be achieved by playing a CD or a digital file, and this will help them relax and experience the ceremony more deeply.

2.While the music is going on, you will have created some breathing space, some meditative space for you and your partner during the ceremony, this helps you experience the moment more, rather than get through feeling nervous and forget a lot of the experience.

3.You can include songs that have a special meaning to you both, or that mean something to your family, you will be communicating emotions, music can do this for us all, so why not use it to empower emotive and significant times in your life such as your wedding ceremony.

4.You can use the lyrics of the songs you choose to amplify what is meaningful to you and your partner. Through live music you bring an ancient form of culture, used in ceremonies for centuries to your wedding day, for all to share, enjoy and appreciate.

Article by Rev Helen Webb BA. Mus Interfaith Minister and legal solemniser, vocalist, musician and composer. Wedding Ceremony Music From An Anu, An Anu www.ananu.net  www.weddingceremoniesireland.com Contact Rev Helen Webb

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