An experienced wedding soloist, Clare Rachel Greener, a classically trained soprano, is available as a wedding singer in York and the North of England, and is happy to perform in church or during a civil ceremony. Rachel can also guide you through choosing the music for your ceremony. Some of her more popular selections are listed below, and Rachel is prepared to learn any piece that you would like performed. Please bear in mind when selecting your repertoire, that any pieces with a sacred text are unable to be performed in a civil ceremony.
Rachel always sings with live accompaniment, rather than using backing tracks, as this allows a greater freedom and spontaneity in performance. She performs regularly with professional accompanist Matthew Collins, Director of Music at Howden Minster, who can accompany her on the piano or organ. They can also supply a keyboard for use in venues where no instrument is available. Matthew would be more than happy to play for your entire ceremony if there is not a resident organist or musician; equally Rachel is more than happy to work with whomever is accompanying the rest of the ceremony, provided they are happy to accompany her (often village organists prefer not to do this!).
"Thank you for singing at Crayke Church at our wedding. It really made the ceremony personal and made a very special atmosphere." Charlotte and Richard.
"Just wanted to say a big, big thank you for attending our wedding on Saturday. Your voice is amazing and you made our day complete and extremely special. You made it very magical, thank you very, very much." Joanne and Damian Halmshaw.
"Rachel sang two pieces beautifully at our wedding, one we requested and one she selected herself. It made the service extra-special for us and many guests commented on Rachel's stunning performance of Panis Angelicus, which filled the church as we signed the register." Helen and Nick Lay.
You can book Rachel as your wedding singer from £130. This will usually include up to three pieces of your choice at whichever point in the ceremony suits your needs. Rachel will also lead the singing of any congregational hymns during a church service. She is more than happy to tailor any quote according to your requests, so please contact her for further details. Please note that she is currently on maternity leave, but is accepting bookings for July 2013 onwards.
This is some of the repertoire Rachel feels is suitable for wedding ceremonies. A wider selection is available here.
- Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod, Schubert, Caccini, Abt
- Panic Angelicus - Franck
- The Lord's Prayer - Malotte
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
- O for the Wings of a Dove - Mendelssohn
- "Laudate Dominum" (Solemn Vespers) - Mozart
- "Agnus Dei" (Coronation Mass) - Mozart
- All Things Bright and Beautiful - Rutter
- For the Beauty of the Earth - Rutter
- O mio babbino caro - Puccini
- Vittoria, mio core - Carissimi
- Caro mio ben - Giordani
- Du Bist die Ruh - Schubert
- Where'er You Walk - Handel
- Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
- From This Moment - Shania Twain
- You Raise Me Up - Rolf Løvland
- Love Never Dies - Lloyd-Webber