The Ashburton Singers…

Weddings

Weddings

The choir has enjoyed singing at church weddings in South Devon for many years. We sing a wide repertoire of music, in harmony and often unaccompanied. 

We are also pleased to work with the Church Organist to provide support for the congregational hymns, and in addition we are usually asked to sing during the signing of the register, and sometimes for the entrance of the bride and at other points in the service when requested.

In any case, we are happy to discuss your requirements in more detail, so please contact us by email or through the enquiry form below.

Below is a selection of hymns and anthems we have previously performed at weddings, including samples of selected pieces*. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we are happy to consider other pieces you may suggest.

Congregational Hymns:

Love Divine

Love Divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart…
(Stainer)

O Perfect Love

O Perfect Love, all human thought transcending, Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne, That theirs may be the love that knows no ending, Whom thou for evermore dost join in one…
(Barnby)

Sorry No Recording…

The Lord’s my Shepherd

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by…
(Crimond)

Lord of all hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy, be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day…

Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pastures seen? And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark Satanic Mills?…

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Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise…
(Parry)

Guide me, O thou great redeemer

Guide me, O thou great redeemer, Pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty, Hold me with thy powerful hand; Bread of heaven, bread of heaven Feed me till I want no more…

Sorry No Recording…

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, To his feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who like me his praise should sing? Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King…

Listen to Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Unaccompanied anthems – often sung during the signing of the register:

Tallis – If ye love me

Tallis – If ye love me, If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, that he may bide with you for ever; e’en the Spirit of truth.

Walford Davies – God be in my head

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing.

Monteverdi – Cantate Domino (Sing a new song to the Lord)

Cantate Domino canticum novum: cantate et benedicite nomini eius. Quia mirabilia fecit. Cantate et exsultate et psalitate in cithara et voce…
– Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing and bless his name. Wondrous are His works. Sing and praise in exultation with harp and voice…

Viadana – Exsultate Justi (Shout for joy, ye righteous)

Exsultate, justi, in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio. Confitemini Domino in cithara in psalterio decem chordatum…
– Shout for joy, ye righteous, before the Lord: it becomes the just to give him thanks. Praise the Lord and rejoice in him with tuneful harp: bring the lute and be joyful before him…

Finzi – My spirit sang all day

My spirit sang all day O my joy. Nothing my tongue could say, Only: My joy! My heart an echo caught O my joy And spake, Tell me thy thought. Hide not thy joy…

Eriskay Love Lilt

Bheir me o, horo van o, Bheir me o, horo van i,
Bheir me o, o horo ho, Sad am I, without thee…

Accompanied anthems: – with the agreement of the organist

McBeth Bain – Brother James’ Air

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want He makes me down to lie In pastures green He leadeth me The quiet waters by…

Bach – Jesu, joy of man’s desiring (Jesu bleibet meine Freude)

Jesus bleibet meine Freude, meines Herzens Trost und Saft, Jesus wehret allem Leide, er ist meines Lebens Kraft, meiner Augen Lust und Sonne, meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne; darum lass’ ich Jesum nicht aus dem Herzen und Gesicht….
– Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, Holy wisdom, Love most bright, Drawn by thee, our souls aspiring Soar to uncreated light. Word of God our flesh that fashioned With the fire of life impassioned, Striving still to truth unknown, Soaring, dying round thy throne…

Recording coming soon…

Handel – Halleluja Chorus

Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth…

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Vivaldi – Gloria

Gloria in excelsis Deo
– Glory to God in the highest

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Rutter – Gaelic Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the gentle night to you; moon and stars pour their beaming light on you. Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world, to you.

Rutter – The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.

Wesley – Lead me, Lord

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, Make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord, only That makest me dwell in safety.

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Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine

Verbe égal au Trés-Haut Notre unique espérance, Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux, De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence, Divin Sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux!…
– Word of God the most high, our sole hope, eternal day of the earth and heavens as we break the silence of the peaceful night divine saviour, look down upon us…

Walford Davies – I will lift mine eyes (Psalm 121)

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills : from whence cometh my help. My help cometh even from the Lord : who hath made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : and he that keepeth thee will not sleep. Behold, he that keepeth Israel : shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord himself is thy keeper : the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand; So that the sun shall not burn thee by day : neither the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in : from this time forth for evermore.

*copyright note: unfortunately we don’t have the facilities to record our own singing, so these sound samples are taken from recordings produced by various other choirs or from commercial samples freely released for review purposes. It is not our intention to infringe anyone’s copyright in doing this, so if we have inadvertently done so please let us know and we will remove the offending items.

Enquiry Form

If you would like to discuss using our choir for a wedding, please get in touch with us here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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