King’s College Chapel is not only a picturesque wedding venue, but also a place of worship with a musical history extending back to Bishop Elphinstone’s foundation of the University of Aberdeen in 1495. Your service will take place in a setting steeped in history. Your wedding will be a special and memorable day in your lives as well as being one of the many services taking place in King’s the whole year round which makes it both unique and steeped in history.
The organ plays a significant role in creating a wedding atmosphere, from the music played before the service to the entrance of the bride through to the recessional as you both leave, all of which contribute to making your wedding a very special day. King’s College Chapel has a magnificent instrument of international distinction commissioned from the French organ builder, Bernard Aubertin, and installed in 2004. It has attracted recitalists from around the world, and visitors have come especially to play it from as far afield as Japan.
Your wedding fee includes the services of a professional and experienced organist drawn from our international staff, including Dr Roger Williams, Dr Frauke Jürgensen, Mr Stuart Muir and Dr John Frederick Hudson amongst many o9ther distinguished organists. For an additional fee, it is usually possible to arrange a solo singer, small choral group or instrumentalist for the signing of the register (subject to availability). For further information, please see FAQs.
On rare occasions, couples ask to bring their own organist or musicians. Please note that such musicians should be of a professional standard, and that there should be agreement in principle with Professor Paul Mealor OStJ (Director of Music in Chapel) before they are asked. This means that you should complete the musical arrangements form well in advance of your wedding day. For further information, please see FAQs.
The form linked in below has sound clips of the various pieces you can choose for the Entrance of the Bride, the Signing of the Register and the Recessional to help you make your selection. Please note that the pieces are interchangeable: for example, you can decide to go out to something suggested for the entrance of the bride, or vice versa. When you are ready, please complete the online form. You should receive an email acknowledgement of receipt.