Musicians’ Fees for Weddings

MUSIC FEES FOR WEDDINGS AT THE SACRED HEART (2020)

All fees include an initial consultation if required (the pre-wedding rehearsal with the celebrating Priest does not involve the musicians). Payment is most often done by bank transfer, but can be cash or cheque. Music fees must be settled in advance (bank details provided on request) – payment on the day can only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Covid-19 update (as of 28/8/20): currently we are permanently live-streaming from the church. If you do not wish to have your ceremony live-streamed you must inform the church in advance. Under current circumstances and the reduction in what the organist plays, we will not charge extra to have the service live-streamed. This does not affect the fees if you are having the service video-recorded.

If you are video-recording the service (professional or amateur), the musicians (organist, singers etc) have the right to charge extra to have their performances recorded. We charge double the basic performance fee, and the cost is in brackets after the live-streaming fee. We must reserve the right to refuse to play or sing  if a video-recording has not been declared  and you have not agreed to pay the extra fees.

Music fees:

  • Organist only                                                  £140 (with video recording: £280)   
  • Organist + one soloist                                   £270 (with video recording: £500)
  • Organist with approved guest singer         £160 (with video recording: £300)
  • Below is for reference only, in case restrictions are lifted by the time of your wedding:
  • Organist + choir                                             £560 (with video recording: £1,100)
  • Organist + choir and soloist                        £570 (with video recording: £1,200)
  • Organist + choir with choir director         £720 (with video recording: £1,400)
    (when specialist choral music is required)

It does seem a lot of money, but our musicians have trained and practised for many years to obtain their standard of musicianship, usually at great cost too. We always ask you to compare the fees to what you are asked to pay for the other services you are receiving on the day of your wedding.

Any recording of music (professional or amateur) is subject to copyright law, and must be covered by a Limited Manufacture licence. Any accredited video company will have one of these.  For other recordings, it is possible to obtain a one-off licence at reasonable cost (around £20 depending on the number of copies). Please see www.prsformusic.com for details and online application.