We performed at a wedding ceremony in April. A beautiful ceremony for Ineta and Gerard Rowlands in a small parish Church between Athlone and Roscommon. The celebrant at the wedding, Father John Cullen was obviously a friend of the family and delivered a very personal sermon for the happy couple and their guests – we had sung the previous year at Gerard’s sisters (Elaine) wedding in 2015 down in Limerick.
Following the signing of the register, as Father Cullen was closing the ceremony he stopped to say a few words and proceeded to heap plaudits on the music we had provided for the ceremony. We were utterly gobsmacked!
On the way back we discussed (as we normally do) the various aspects of the performance and jokingly mentioned that we should look for the video recording of the ceremony so that we could transcribe what Father Cullen had said about us during the wedding.
Fast forward a few weeks and we got an email from Father Cullen, yesterday:
“The music that was part of our wedding ceremony was beautifully rendered.This was not a performance that was a routine. NO. This was part of the prayer as Ineta and Gerard celebrate in thanks their love and friendship in the sacrament of marriage.The music was rendered tastefully, with melody perfectly merging with intricate counterpoint and the rich harmony of musical sound carried us all heavenward. The lingering notes combined with a pause that was not just a stop in the rendition, but a chance to catch one’s breath and to become aware of the gift that we were all privileged to share in that the music and song was so engaging, it had me quietly hoping that today’s music and song would go on and never end as Bobby & Sabrina played and sang from the heart and in doing so touched a chord in all our hearts to make this a uniquely, memorable celebration.”