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Your wedding day is as unique as you are — this special celebration is a chance for you to express your style and individuality. Whether you are planning a Christian, Jewish, interfaith, non-denominational, traditional or non-traditional ceremony, we have the repertoire, experience and versatility to tailor a program which reflects who you are as you begin your new life together as a couple.

Music plays a vital part in your celebration and the choice can be overwhelming — piano, strings, organ, harp, guitar — how do you decide? We suggest that you listen to music — attend concerts where you can really hear and see different instruments closely, listen on the web, play CDs — and imagine your wedding and especially yourself walking down the aisle. Does the music you’re hearing fit with the ambience you’re envisioning? You’ll be surprised just how quickly the right style for you will emerge!

Why choose us?

Looking for the right vendors can be overwhelming and we understand that.   Where do you start and whom do you choose?  The Arundel Ensemble has been performing weddings since 1994 (our musicians have been performing professionally for many years beyond that) and consists of a small, strong core of full-time professional musicians.  Why is this important?  Would you want to hire a mechanic who fixes cars on the weekends but has a different day job?  Probably not.  Many people believe if you play an instrument, it’s all the same – this is not the case.  Our musicians started learning their instruments when they were children, studied privately for many years and have degrees in music performance.  Make sure you are booking professional performing musicians – look up individual names online to assess expertise and talent.  The musicians of The Arundel Ensemble each meet and must sustain an extremely high standard of performance and professionalism.   Additionally, we have exceptionally high standards of ethics and do not “buy” places on preferred vendor lists, so when we are referred to you it is because people know the quality of work we do and they trust us.  We have performed for over a thousand events and are committed to ensuring that your music will not only enhance but help create the atmosphere you desire – and of course that the music selections you choose will be performed exquisitely. While many brides have always dreamed of walking down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon or the Trumpet Voluntary, and many brides may indeed choose these pieces, we do not take a cookie-cutter approach to your music – you will be helped along the way in the music selection process as we work with you to select the perfect pieces for your ceremony, from traditional classical to tangos – and even rock!

The sample programs provided here are just that — samples from recent ceremonies we performed so you can see how differently five of our brides approached their music and also how the same pieces can have different functions within different ceremonies. The first bride chose music that tended to have a fast tempo that created a very festive air, the second chose quite traditional music, the third preferred more tranquil selections and the fourth shirked all traditions and chose a program unabashedly her own which reflected her eclectic background. Our modern bride decided she and her fiance wanted contemporary selections to reflect the music they both love (soundbites for this one added soon!) Click on the titles to listen:

 FestiveTraditionalElegantEclecticModern
Prelude selections included:AlleluiaSheep May Safely GrazeAir from Suite No. 3Por Una CabezaBittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Four Seasons: SpringAve Maria:
Bach-Gounod
Four Seasons: WinterSmoke Gets in Your EyesFields of Gold (Sting)
Brandenburg
Concerto #3
Four Seasons: SpringPassacagliaBoleroI Don't Want To Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)
Seating of familiesAllegro in DJesu, Joy of Man's DesiringAir from Water MusicSalut d'AmourNovember Rain (Guns N' Roses)
BridesmaidsRondeauCanon in DCanon in DClair de LuneYellow (Coldplay)
BrideTrumpet TuneTrumpet VoluntaryCanon in DLa Vie en RoseHallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Unity CandleAir from Suite No. 3Sunrise SunsetFalling in Love at a Coffee Shop (Landon Pigg)
RecessionalFinale from Water MusicWedding MarchBrandenburg
Concerto #3
I Could Have Danced All NightDon't Stop Believing (Journey)
PostludeLa RejouissanceArrival of the Queen of ShebaFour Seasons: SpringHava NagilaAll You Need is Love (Beatles)
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