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How To Plan Funeral Music [Catholic Funeral: 2021]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   June 15, 2021

Below is a short guide to funeral music. During a catholic funeral mass there are certain points for music. Read on to find suggestions....

Church Music of the 13th Century [Léonin & Pérotin]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   June 6, 2021

The music of the 12th and 13th centuries is generally known as the ARS ANTIQUA a term wished upon it by musicians of the 14th century, who considered their own music to be an ARS NOVA: a new and, by implication, superior art....

I’m Happy Because I Sing [William James]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   May 24, 2021

Just about everyone can make music if they want to. You don’t have to learn an instrument: all you have to do is open your mouth and sing. Anyone can do it....

Ireland’s Most Experienced Wedding Musicians [2021]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   May 7, 2021

How do you find experienced wedding musicians? Don’t know where to start? Listed here are 11 wedding ceremony musicians that have played at literally thousands of weddings. Experience trumps all factors when hiring your wedding ceremony music. Lets jump in!...

11 Classical Church Wedding Songs [Walk Down the Aisle To 2021]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 22, 2021

What is the perfect classical church music to walk down the aisle to? The following are 11 of the most popular pieces. Instrumental pieces work the best. They focus the attention on the bride and her processional....

47 String Quartet Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ 2021

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 2, 2021

I managed a string quartet for over 10 years. They played at over 500 events. These included wedding ceremonies, corporate events, private parties, TV commercials and funerals. I trust you’ll find the answers you’re looking for!...

Wedding Singer Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ 2021 [Ireland]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   March 20, 2021

Find all the answers to questions about wedding singers. This is relevant to both church ceremony singers and civil ceremony singers. All of these questions would also hold true for both male singers and female singers....

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide [2021]

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   March 2, 2021

Read the ChurchMusic.ie guide to choosing music for your wedding ceremony – what musicians, what songs and how to arrange details at the church....

String Quartet Guide

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

Choosing the music for the wedding ceremony is arguably one of the most important decisions you will make. There are a number of areas one needs to consider before doing so. ...

Voice Classification and Singing

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

When we sing, air expelled from our lungs causes the vocal cords to vibrate like reeds, and so produce a note. To sing a higher note, we tighten the vocal cords....

The Church Organ: How does it really work?

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

The modern organ is the most complicated of all instruments. Its sounds are produced by wind blowing through several complete sets, or ranks, of pipes....

Traditional Irish Music and Instruments – History and Origins

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

Traditional Irish music, as we now know it, was no doubt influenced by the Gaelic aristocratic music widespread in Ireland until the 1600’s....

Woodwind Instruments – Edge-blown & Reeds

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

The instruments of the woodwind family can produce a wide variety of sounds, from the shrill piping of the piccolo to the deep gruff blurts of the bassoon....

The Piano – History & Workings

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

The pianoforte – usually called the piano for short – was invented in 1698 by an Italian named Bartolomeo Cristofori. It has become the most popular of instruments....

Guitars & Lutes – Classification & Varieties

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

The instruments of the string family can be divided into two main groups. The first group contains instruments such as the violin and cello that are mainly played with a bow. ...

The Irish Harp – History and Kinds

Michael Manners @ChurchMusic.ie   April 1, 2019

The national symbol of Ireland is the harp – the only country to have a musical instrument as its symbol. This instrument, however, has had a troubled history....