Live music lends extra solemnity to a Funeral Mass or Funeral Ceremony,
regardless of whether it is a religious or non-religious service.
This web page will help you to choose suitable music by allowing you to listen to excerpts of the most popular selections. With a vast repertoire containing a comprehensive selection of suitable works, ranging from traditional pieces to more contemporary options, this website will guide you through the choices available, including organ only selections as well as various combinations including trumpet, violin, female and male soloists, and choirs of different sizes.


The number of pieces you are required to select will depend on the style of ceremony and the venue you have chosen. Some venues have more strict guidelines than others, so please confirm the situation with them before making your selection.

Should you have any questions please contact me on 0412 200 516 or dominicp@optusnet.com.au.

Funeral Mass

Below is a list of music options appropriate for a Funeral Mass.

For a Funeral Mass you will choose music for at least 4 parts of the Service:


Popular options incl.:
Ave Maria by F Schubert  |  Here I Am, Lord by Schutte  |  Abide With Me


Popular choices incl.:
Amazing Grace  |  Ave Verum by Mozart


Popular choices incl.:
Panis Angelicus – Franck


Popular options incl.:
Pie Jesu by G Faure  |  How Great Thou Art  |  I’ll Walk With God

Music can also be used at the following parts of the Funeral Mass, which can either be spoken or sung:

Responsorial Psalm

The Responsorial Psalm found between the First Reading (Old Testament) and Second Reading (New Testament).

Gospel Acclamation

The Gospel Acclamation follows the Second Reading (New Testament) and precedes the Gospel.

The Final Commendation

Can be sung, or spoken by the celebrant.

Funeral Ceremony

Below is a list of music options appropriate for a Funeral Ceremony.


For a Funeral Ceremony you will probably choose music for at least 3 parts of the Service:


Popular options incl.:
Ave Maria by F Schubert  |  Ombra mai fu by Handel


Popular options incl.:
Pie Jesu by Lloyd Webber  |  Hallelujah by Cohen  |  Wind Beneath My Wings


Popular options incl.:
You Raise Me Up  |  Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró)

Music Options

The list provided below contains the majority of pieces suitable for the Funeral. All of these options can be performed as either an instrumental solo or as a vocal piece, unless otherwise stated. If you require something that is not on the list, please contact me to discuss other options.

Instrumental only

  • Adagio – Albinoni
  • Air in D – JS Bach
  • Largo – GF Handel
  • Nimrod – Elgar
  • ‘Winter” from The Four Seasons – A Vivaldi

Vocal Options (also instrumental)

  • Ave Maria – JS Bach / C Gounod
  • Ave Maria – G Caccini
  • Ave Maria – F Schubert
  • Ave Verum – E Elgar
  • Ave Verum – WA Mozart
  • A Gaelic Blessing – J Rutter
  • I Know That My Redeemer Liveth – Handel
  • An Irish Blessing – B Chilcot
  • Lascia ch’io pianga – GF Handel
  • The Lord Bless You and Keep You – J Rutter
  • The Lord is My Shepherd – Goodall
  • Ombra mai fù – GF Handel
  • O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini
  • O Rest in the Lord – Mendellsohn
  • Panis Angelicus – C Franck
  • Pie Jesu – M Duruflé
  • Pie Jesu – G Fauré
  • Pie Jesu – A Lloyd Webber
  • Vissi Darte – Puccini
  • When I Am Laid (Dido’s Lament) – Purcell

N.B. When using a religious venue you will need to confirm the suitability of these options.

  • Angel – S McLachlan
  • Angels – R Williams
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Climb Every Mountain – Rogers & Hammerstein
  • Danny Boy – Weatherly
  • Go Silent Friend (to the tune of O Danny Boy) – Bell
  • Hallelujah – L Cohen
  • I’ll Walk With God – N Brodzky
  • I Will Remember You – S McLachlan
  • Memory – A Lloyd Webber
  • My Heart Will Go On – C Dion
  • My Way – Sinatra
  • One Day at a Time – Wilkin/Kristofferson
  • Over the Rainbow
  • The Rose – McBroom
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró) – Sartori/Quarantotto
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings – Henley/Silbar
  • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again – A Lloyd Webber
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • You Raise Me Up – Lovland/Graham
  • Abide With Me – Eventide
  • Amazing Grace – Newton
  • Be Not Afraid – Dufford
  • Be Thou My Vision – Slane
  • Come As You Are – Browne
  • The Day Thou Gavest Lord
  • Hail Mary, Gentle Woman – Landry
  • Hail Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star – Stella
  • Here I am, Lord – Schutte
  • How Great Thou Art – Hine
  • I am the Bread of Life – Toolan
  • In the Sweet By and By – Webster
  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Traditional
  • Kum Ba Yah
  • The Lord is my Shepherd – Boniwell
  • The Lord’s my Shepherd – Crimond
  • Lord of the Dance – American Shaker Tune
  • Morning has Broken – Farjeon
  • My Jesus, My Saviour (Shout to the Lord) – Zschech
  • Nearer, My God, to Thee – Mason
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • On Eagle’s Wings – Joncas
  • One Bread, One Body – Foley
  • Prayer of St Francis – Temple
  • Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God – Lafferty
  • Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling – Thompson
  • Soul of My Saviour – Anima Christi
  • Strong and Constant – Andersen
  • In Paradiso
  • L’Eterno Riposo
  • Vocazione
  • Silenzioso Dio
  • The Lord is My Shepherd Ps 22(23) – Boniwell
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd Ps 22(23) – Crimond
  • My Shepherd is the Lord Ps 22(23) – Gelineau
  • Do not be afraid, I am with you Ps 26(27) – Willcock
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation Ps 26(27) – Willcock
  • I believe that I shall see the good things of the lord in the Land of the living Ps 26 – Gelineau
Gospel Acclamations:
Outside of Lent:

Alleluia – Plainsong
Alleluia – Celtic

During Lent:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Mass Shalom:

Holy, Holy
Mystery of Faith
Great Amen
Our Father (Plainsong)
Lamb of God

Italian Mass:

Misterio Della Fede
Padre Nostro
Agnello di Dio

Final Commendation: