Book the Clerkes of All Saints to sing at your wedding anywhere in Yorkshire.
Years of experience
Our singers have experience of many different styles of music, and have performed in many different settings, from tiny parish churches to cathedrals and concert halls.
We sing at about eight weddings each year, and we are in high demand, so we welcome early enquiries.
A personalised service
We'll take the time to discuss your requirements with you in detail, so you can specify exactly what you'd like from us. We'll also work closely with the organist and any other musicians at your chosen church.
If you'd like something really unique, we can create a new choral arrangement of your favourite song, or you can commission an entirely new piece of music from one of our resident composers.
What we sing
We will help you to craft a perfect selection of repertoire for your ceremony. We have a wide selection of standard wedding repertoire from which you are welcome to choose, but we are also happy to learn something new if you have a particular piece in mind. While most of what we sing is originally written for choir, it is not unusual for us to prepare arrangements of other pieces (for example, a favourite rock song that might be particularly special to you). We will usually have to charge a small additional fee to cover the cost of arranging these pieces, but don't worry, we'll always agree this with you up front.
In case you're stuck for inspiration, listed below is a small sample of pieces that are often perfect choices for weddings (in our opinion, that is!) but if you would like us to help you find something a little different, please do say.
- BACH, Jesu, joy of man's desiring
- BRUCKNER, Locus iste
- DURUFLÉ, Ubi caritas
- FINZI, My spirit sang all day
- HOLST, My sweetheart's like Venus
- MACMILLAN, So Deep
- PURCELL, If music be the food of love
- RUTTER, This is the Day
- TALLIS, If ye love me
What it costs
Our normal charge for a church wedding in Yorkshire is £300. There are no hidden extras -- we don't ask for a rehearsal fee, travel expenses or a sheet music charge.
The reason this is so much better value than other professional wedding choirs is that we don't operate for profit! Because our individual singers give their time for free, we use our income from weddings to cover our costs when we take choral music to parish churches.
When you book us, there are four other factors you might want to consider:
- An organist. If you'd like an organist at your wedding, first check whether he or she comes 'for free' as part of the church package -- often this is the case and we'll be very happy to work with them. If not, you might want us to find an organist for you. Professional organists have their own rates. If you book one through us, his or her charge will normally be around £90.
- A soloist or other instrumentalist. Naturally, if you choose a choral piece which has some little solos built in, we won't charge any extra -- when you book a choir, that comes with the territory. But if you ask us to perform a piece that's not actually composed for choir, but just for one solo singer, we'll need to find a soloist who can rehearse and perform the music you've chosen, and there will be a fee of about £50 for this.
- A new arrangement. We're often asked for special music that wasn't originally written for choir -- for instance, a favourite rock song, anthem or TV theme tune. Songs like this need special treatment before they can be performed by choirs. We're lucky to have several professional arrangers in our group, and we've negotiated a special rate with them of £50 per song.
- A new composition. For a truly unique touch, you can commission an entirely new composition for the occasion, which we'll perform for the first (and only?) time at your ceremony. Sometimes, couples have a particular poem or Bible verse that they find inspiring and would like to include as a musical element of their ceremony. If this appeals to you, we have links with several professional composers and can put you in touch. Beware that, although costs vary depending on the length and complexity of the music you have in mind, commissioning a new piece of music is like commissioning a new portrait -- it won't be cheap.