BRIGHTON FUNERAL MUSIC

WAKES, MEMORIALS 

& CELEBRATION OF LIFE EVENTS


At Brighton Funeral Music we help you plan music for the significant occasions in your life. We work sensitively with families to help create the right tone for everyone present.



TESTIMONIALS


Thank you Aneesa for making my husband David’s funeral a truly celebration of his life. It was all perfect, from your fantastic singing of my choice of songs to taking over the musical arrangements for the whole service. 

Betty Overy

My Dearest Dearest Aneesa,

How can I thank you enough for the joy of your smile beaming from the lectern and the moving musical tribute to my Mum and to us on Friday October 9th at St Andrews.

Over 175 individual streams, from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Brussels, and Australia and Brazil! Dad has drawn enormous comfort from watching it at least 3 times so far I braved it this week and I too found it comforting and helped me to really appreciate everything. How lovely to have this lasting video. 

I have been singing and humming the tunes this week and it helps. You were mentioned as a wonderful surprise and your singing. You are a very special person and those of us that know you are blessed to do so. 

Much Love

Karen 


WHAT'S ON OFFER

You can book Aneesa as a solo singer, as part of a piano or guitar duo

1. Solo: Professional singer + excellent quality mp3's and small PA 

2. Duo: Piano or Guitar and Voice (Jazz, easy listening, soul, pop, rock, classical)

3. Trio - 9 piece band: vocals + piano/guitar and either Bass + Drums + horn (trumpet or alto, tenor saxes)

2. Choir (3 - 9 singers): Piano or Guitar and Voice (Jazz, easy listening, soul, pop, rock, classical)


WHEN 

Music & Songs are available for

Guest arrivals

Your arrival

Special songs during the ceremony

Songs during signing of the register

Exit song

Music for the wakes & memorials

Celebration of Life Event

Dinner jazz & background music

 cabaret performance   


      SONGS

      Jazz    Classical    Pop    Soul

      Examples of songs

      Requests can be made & sung if in the library or learnt for an additional fee.


      SWING

      A Foggy Day
      Ain't Misbehaving
      All of Me

      All The Things You Are

      Autumn Leaves

      Blue Skies

      But Not For Me
      Chattanooga Choo Choo
      Don't Get Around Much Anymore
      Fly Me To The Moon

      I Could Have Danced All Night
      Let There Be Love

      My Heart Belongs To Daddy
      Night & Day

      Satin Doll

      Sometimes I’m Happy

      Time After Time
      Too Darn Hot

      You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

      BALLADS
      Angel Eyes

      Cry Me A River
      Everytime We Say Goodbye
      My Funny Valentine
      Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

      The Look Of Love

      The More I See You

      The Nearness Of You

      Unchained Melody

      How insensitive

      What a Wonderful World

      When I Fall In Love

      BLUES(Y)
      Angel Eyes
      Black Coffee
      Gee Baby Ain't I good to You
      Nostalgia in Time Square

      Peel Me A Grape

      Route 66

      Stormy Monday
      Summertime

      LATIN / BOSSA/ SAMBA / TANGO
      Black Orpheus

      Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

      Girl From Ipanema

      How Insensitive

      Sway
      The Look Of Love

      What Is This Thing Called Love

      Wave

      BIG BAND / MINI BIG BAND pad* / CABARET/ SOUL

      A Tisket A Tasket

      Baby It’s Cold Outside

      Big Spender*

      Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend (Moulin Rouge arr)*

      Goldfinger

      I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

      My Heart Belongs To Daddy*

      Night & Day

      Respect

      Route 66

      Santa Claus is Coming To Town

      Satin Doll*

      Straighten Up & Fly Right

      Sway*

      Take A Little Piece of My Heart*

      Til you come back to me

      That’s My Style

      Time After Time

      Too Darn Hot*

      Why Don’t You Do Right

      ..with Backing Track or live

      Abba Medley

      Ain't No Sunshine

      Air That I breathe

      All of me

      Always On My Mind

      A Night Like This

      Autumn Leaves (Eva Cassidy)

      Baby Can I hold You

      Both Sides now

      Close to you

      Closer to fine

      Corcovado

      Crazy

      Cry Me a river

      Goldfinger

      Get Here

      Hallelujah

      Here Comes the rain

      Hello

      Hold Me Thrill Me

      I only wanna be with you

      I Just Wanna Make Love 2U

      I Say a little prayer

      I'm a believer

      I'm outta Love

      I Will Always Love You

      Just The Way You are

      Killing Me softly

      Let There Be Love

      Like a prayer

      Me & Mrs Jones

      Midnight Train to Georgia

      Mustang Sally

      My Funny Valentine

      Natural Woman (You make me feel Like a)

      Night & Day

      Nothing Compares 2U

      Please Don’t let me be misunderstood

      Power of Love – Jennifer Rush

      Saving All My Love For You

      Son of a preacher man

      Songbird

      Summertime

      Take a little piece of my heart

      The look of love

      The More I See You

      The Nearness of you

      Thank you (Dido)

      Think Twice Celine Dion

      Time After Time (Chet Baker)

      Time After Time (Cyndie Lauper)

      Total Eclipse of the Heart

      Twist & Shout

      Unchained Melody

      Variation on a 'Paper nut'

      Wave

      What's Up

      Without you

      Woman In Love


      LISTEN

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      WATCH



      VENUES 

      Aneesa performs in many beautiful chapels & venues including the following

      Goodwood House

      Brighton Royal Pavillion


      Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe

      Norfolk Arms, Arundel


      PRESS

      “Aneesa Chaudhry Band @ The Latest Music Bar

      Aneesa Chaudhry is a force of nature and a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is extraordinary in so many senses, range, tone, style… proving that this is not simply a voice of fashion, and there are plenty of those around, but a real voice full of real musical talent and skill – weapon quality! In this lies her power. Given such skill Aneesa can tackle pretty much anything – and does. It means that an evening of song with her is a white knuckle ride of styles and musical genre – ballads, jazz classics, rock, swing… Asian fusion… Fascinating as this is, and amazing value at the price. Backed by a band of accomplished musicians and musical guests she launched into Sometime’s I’m Happy, All of Me and Take Five, jazz standards maybe but in no way delivered in a standard way. She then gave us a striking rendition of My Funny Valentine that was spine tinglingly good. Tera Chera had us all on the edges of our seats and Guappa Chica gave ”

      Andrew Kay - The Latest Magazine

      “Aneesa Chaudhry Jazz gig @ The Brunswick. ON SUNDAY night (December 7) at the Brunswick in Hove she showed the audience exactly how accomplished a musician, singer and performer she is. The Brunswick was packed to the rafters with friends and supporters who created a warm, supportive ambience, giving Aneesa the ideal opportunity to showcase her impressive vocal talents. I could have listened to her sing all night. The haunting Tera Chera was the highlight of the set for me showing off her range and the ethereal tone quality of her voice in the upper register. Vocally she was quite extraordinary during this number considering this was live and the possibilities of studio tricks less possible. She made My Funny Valentine her own with a wonderful arrangement that challenged both singer and listener to the limits. It was a triumph! Her voice is secure over her complete register, while her ability to bend notes gives at times a wonderful Eastern flavour to her delivery.”

      GScene - 

      James Ledward

      “Aneesa Chaudhry’s sets in the Birmingham Jazz Festival were real stand-out occasions. Very musical, pretty unusual, and totally absorbing…. Jim Simpson, Festival Director, July 2008”

      Jim Simpson - Direct message

      “Ealing Jazz Festival, July 2008 An original Punjabi take on the jazz tradition supported by some of the best Latin musicians, music full of light, the subtleness of jazz, and a commitment to the vitality of performance. …… Pete Watson, Crypt Stage Director”

      Pete Watson - .

      “A truly phenonmenal voice, an amazing lady, sheer entertainment in one complete package, leaves the audience wanting more.”

      Hilli Rishworth - Sappho Garden Skala Eressos Lesvos Greece - .

      John Evans - Henley Standard

      “Aneesa Chaudhry performed interesting takes on jazz and pop standards with exotic charm and a beautiful voice in front of a very appreciative Concert Pitch audience at the National Theatre.” Alessandra Satta, Front-of-House Music Manager, Royal National Theatre”

      Alessandra Satta, Front-of-House Music Manager, Royal National Theatre - National Theatre website

      “AC is back following her excellent performance. A fantastic performer, her eclectic take on jazz managed to clear the front row at one point, but the rest of the room thought she was fabulous. She performs with ease & a great sense of humour. Her voice is incredible & well worth checking out”




      James Ledward - GScene

      “BLISS ART Gig Aneesa Chaudhry is a vocalist with a rare quality that is worth coming out to listen to. She brushes off her ability to swoop from the ethereal high to a low timbre of low that few women can reach. Her original songs Guappa Chica, Sappho’s Bossom and Letting Go are fun and full of vocal improvisation and vocal percussion. Bliss Arts’s eastern flavours includes both the Asian element and the Eastern European element, gyspy sounds, ‘melos’ as described by the Slovenian members. They perform songs in Slovenian which Chaudhry loves trying to get her tongue around. She is always ready for a proper vocal work out to get her lips and tongue moving around the vowel-less words! “Crazy fun!” she says. The band have produced several albums, On The Edge and Hold On and on April 26, at The Brunswick, Brighton they will be performing some favourites but also new numbers to keep everyone on their toes. As always they will lave their leave audience wanting more!”


      “Chanteuse Aneesa Chaudhry will be opening this years Golden Handbag Show on Sunday, June 21 at the Brighton Metropole Hilton. ANEESA, who is musical director of the Brighton based Rainbow Chorus, has built up an international reputation as a jazz performer appearing at festivals all over the world. This is her first Golden Handbag Show and comes just a week after she co-presented the Hand in Hand Gala Concert of LGBT Choirs at the Brighton Dome. The concert was a huge success and featured performances from some of the best LGBT choirs in the UK and Ireland. Aneesa conducted the 80 strong Rainbow Chorus LGBT choir which over the last few years she has trained into one of the finest LGBT choirs in the country.”

      James Ledward - GScene

      “Aneesa Chaudhry's sell out gig at The Brunswick on Sunday 7 December brought together two of the artists' musical forays. Sassy Chaudhry lit up the stage with her presence and voice, engaging the audience from the outset. In a confident and accomplished manner, Chaudhry took us through her own interpretations of the jazz classics. My Funny Valentine created A sense of being transported across the globe with international fusions blending beautifully (one song even transitioned from bossa nova to flamenco). A delicate hint of Asian Fusion allowed Chaudhry to truly shine as a unique artist. The introduction of BLISS ART towards the end of the first set brought a different and uplifting dynamic. A rousing Whatever Lola Wants and the beautiful performance of Tera Chera an Urdu poem set to music. Sang in the original language, sending shivers down all the spines in the room.”

      Katie Bennett-Hall - Planet London   


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