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Hairy weddings

Weddings provide great opportunities for hairy music moments — those instances which rarely happen in a normal church meeting, but which occur more often at weddings because of factors like the involvement of less experienced musicians and slightly crazy musical requests.

The Music Exchange Richard Simpkin

I had one of my hairiest wedding music moments this summer at a wedding I wasn’t even supposed to be playing at. I’d thought it was quite strange when the visiting band stood up a couple of minutes before the entrance of the bride to play ‘La rejouissance’ from Handel’s Fireworks Music. I wasn’t sure how Handel was going to mix with electric guitars so I sidled up to the keyboard player and asked him if he was playing it from the piano. ‘No’, he said, ‘you’re playing it on the organ’.