Planning a funeral or memorial service can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Choosing the music will be just one of many choice you need to make. While it may seem like an insignificant matter to some of the other decisions, it should not be overlooked. Music is a way of focusing attention on the reality of the loss and can help begin the process of healing.
Selecting the right song can be tricky because you need to try and balance your feelings with the feelings of others, whilst finding a song that reflects the person who has passed away. Here at Sentiments, we have employed a local duo.
Brother and Sister duo – Michael and Caroline Leighton-Hoggett
Michael, aged 22, is a musician based in Grimsby who has solid experience performing, teaching, composing original material, recording and producing. He holds A Levels in both Music and Music Technology and has recently completed a Bachelor of Music degree for studies at the university, graduating in August 2009. While studying, Michael performed with a high calibre if musicians playing a diverse set of styles and also took on the roles of musical director and session musician. Since returning to Grimsby, Michael has set up his own private teaching practice for guitar and theory and has performed with other local musicians. He also writes and records regularly, having self produced many albums of piano music, instrumental guitar music, jazz, blues and improvisational music.
Caroline, aged 24, began learning the piano aged 4 with her mother Gaynor Rodway. Three years ago she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree from Leeds College of Music. Whilst at college Caroline won the Solo Classical Piano of the Year award twice in a row and gained the opportunity to work with Opera North during their season of Don Giovanni (Opera by Mozart). Since coming back to Grimsby Caroline teaches privately and at De Aston School in Market Rasen. She accompanies the St Cecilia Singers, Market Rasen Choral and is an official accompanist for the Bradley, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe festivals. Recently Caroline performed at the Last Night of the Proms in Lincoln and has forthcoming concerts booked.