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Thread #137536   Message #3146337
Posted By: Richard from Liverpool
02-May-11 - 07:15 AM
Thread Name: Singing at a funeral
Subject: RE: Singing at a funeral
As a former church organist, I've played during funerals many times - including funerals of loved ones where the playing did get a little bit ropey on one or two occasions. I've also sung the psalm at funerals. Singing the psalm is easier to manage than a lot of other singing, because you're expected to sing words from the book - that's very good for keeping sufficient focus not to lose it.

While I know that in normal situations singing from books is seen as not as good as singing without (and for good reason), I don't think the normal rules apply here. So perhaps having a book in front of you to sing from would help in your situation as well? It means that you can focus your attention on the work at hand, and avoid too much eye contact with the mourners (which may be likely to set you off).