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Highly Strung is a violin and guitar group based in Sydney, specialising in weddings, corporate events and private functions

Highly Memorable Funerals    

Music is an integral part of any occasion and especially so in the celebration of a loved one's life that has drawn to a close.

Justin and Bernadette are founding members of the acclaimed Sydney band Hat Trick. They offer a unique service.
Justin plays guitar, and Bernadette plays violin. Bernadette was trained by the Mercy nuns at OLMC Parramatta and is well versed in the practice of Christian burial, having played at many funerals during her formative violin playing years. Justin and Bernadette have worked for many years with WN Bull in all types of funeral ceremonies from Catholic Mass to crematorium and graveside ceremonies.
Your ceremony may include instrumental music, or a mixture of instrumental and vocals to mark different parts of the sendoff with lyrics that console. 
The duo can be expanded by adding a vocalist and extra string and woodwind players to broaden the sound. This is appropriate in very large spaces. Minimal amplification is provided if necessary.
You may like to have Bernadette play beautiful solo violin by the graveside, eg, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Danny Boy, Going Home or a lilting Celtic melody.

"WN Bull have been associated with Justin and Bernadette through our funeral services for almost 10 years and I have found, and continue to find them, both professional and compassionate in their dealings with our clients and their families. Their music is beautiful."
"Thank you Bernadette, the music was so beautiful! and so many people commented just that. Very suitable and appropriate for the occasion. Playing the violin at Mum's graveside was so moving and touching for all present. It created the perfect atmosphere to say goodbye."
Bernadette Watt, Arcadia

Instrumental Music Samples; just click to listen


Additional sample repertoire

Contemporary and Traditional Instrumental/Vocal
Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen
Amazing Grace _ John Newton
Gabriel's Oboe -  Ennio Morricone
Brothers -  Ennio Morricone
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul and Mary Ford
From a Distance - Bette Midler
Fields of Gold - Sting
There's Still Time - Justin McCoy
Bridge over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfunkel
Greensleeves -Traditional
The River is Wide - Traditional
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Going Home - Mark Knopfler (from "Local Hero")
Sailing - Rod Stewart
Danny Boy - traditional
Down by the Salley Gardens - Joannie Madden
Women of Ireland - Joannie Madden
Planxty Irwin - traditional
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Gounod
Air from Suite III in D - Bach (Air on the G String)
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring- Bach
Fantasie Impromptu (I'm always chasing Rainbows) - Chopin
Going Home, from the New World Symphony - Dvorak
Serenade - Haydn
Barcarole - Offenbach
Pavane - Faure
I Vow to Thee my Country - Holst
Canon - Pachabel
Panis Angelicus - Thomas Aquinas
Crimond (The Lord is my Shepherd)
A New Commandment
Eagles Wings
On Eagles Wings
Gentle as Silence
Gentle Woman
Here I am Lord
You are Mine
Strong and Constant
Come as you are
Will you love me
Lord of the Dance
Be Not Afraid
Panis Angelicus
Sample repertoire for Mass of Christian Burial
Here I am Lord - Dan Schutte
On Eagles Wings - M Joncas
Yahweh, I Know You Are Near
Amazing Grace - John Newton
Come As You Are - Deidre Brown
Strong and Constant - Frank Anderson
Be Not Afraid - Bob Dufford
Dvorak's 'Going Home' from The New World Symphony
How Great Thou Art - Stuart K. Hine
Come to Me - Gregory Norbett
Hosea - Gregory Norbett
Jesus Come to Us - David Haas
Seek O Seek - Richard Connely
The Lord is My Shepherd - Brian Bonnywell
Responsorial Psalms
A trusting Psalm - Kevin Bates
Crimond - The Lord's My Shepherd
Fantasy Impromptu - Chopin
Ave Maria - Shubert
Lilting Celtic tunes
Only a Shadow - Carey Landry
Will You Love Me - Brian Bonnywell
Isaiah 49 (I will never forget you my People)- Carey Landry
Gentle Woman - Carey Landry
Lilting Celtic Tunes
Ave Maria - Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
One Bread One Body- John Foley
Gentle as Silence - Estelle White
Come as you are - Deirdre Browne
Eat This Bread - Jacques Berthier
Unless a Grain of Wheat - Bernadette Farrell
Panis Angelicus - Thomas Aquinas
Prayer for Peace - David Haas
Prayer of Saint Francis (Make me a Channel of your Peace) - Sebastian Temple
Be Still my Friends - Frank Andersen 
On Eagles Wings - M Joncas
An Irish Blessing - Michael Patrick Murphy
Be Not Afraid - John Michael Talbot
River is Wide - trad.
Going Home from the New World Symphony - Dvorak
Lord of the Dance - Sydney Carter
How Great Thou Art - Stuart K. Hine
Jesus Remember Me - Jacques Berthier
Christ be Our Light - Bernadette Farrell