Worst ever wedding march

Worst ever wedding march


norman lebrecht

July 25, 2020

I can’t believe this has only had 33,000 views in seven years.

It’s a Youtube classic.

The groom nearly expires of hay fever on the way out.




  • Edward says:

    Unfortunately, they’re the only applicant for the new Sheffield Cathedral job

  • sam says:

    Nobody goes to a wedding for the organ. That’s for the wedding night.

  • Ben G. says:

    There are many videos of this magnitude on YouTube.

    No one gets married anymore. I now know the reason why.

  • E. says:

    What is it you sometimes sometimes write, NL —
    “Remember, you read it here first.”

    (The hay fever may be from the field flowers held by the guest just behind him…)

  • Nick says:

    The guy is only practicing!!! Ha-ha-ha!!!

  • José Bergher says:

    Technique is less important than feeling. The organist’s execution of the music shows plenty of feeling and conveys his most sincere wishes for a long, happy and successful marriage.

    • Arthur Serating says:

      Jose, are you some kind of wise guy? The best part of your comment was ‘the organist’s execution.’

      • José Bergher says:

        My dear friend Arthur, nobody could deny that, notwithstanding a few wrong notes here and there, the organist is a very skilled executioner. His execution is an example of really deadly passion.

  • Ken says:

    Sounds like Alfalfa playing.

  • Henry williams says:

    I have heard worst music at weddings.

  • Robert King says:

    But, looking on the bright side, at least the first chord was nearly right…

  • PHF says:

    Amazing, the organist is probably the father of this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhPMmuzl0-4

  • Patrick says:

    My guess….this is fake, with the organ added over another video. One, they don’t react. Two, that wedding would have a real organist, not a total incompetent. Three, the internet is full of fake stuff. Call me a skeptic.

  • Brahmin says:

    It’s just a postmodern interpretation

  • Brettermeier says:

    Classic indeed. Reminds me of my grandmother’s funeral. Bach’s “Air”. Even my mother had to giggle.

  • Joe says:

    Either a really bad traditional rendition or a really tame, conservative improv jazz rendition…


    I am reminded of the performance of the Navy Hymn at my father’s funeral – the organist should have been made to walk the plank.

  • Hypocrite says:

    I would have refused to pay the organist if that was my wedding!

  • Irene says:

    Too painful to listen to the end.

  • Pastore says:

    And you have posted this for why?

  • Musician says:

    How quaint. I remember when there used to be weddings.

  • marcus says:

    Les Dawson lives!

  • Peter Smith says:

    Very mean of whoever posted this to YouTube. No doubt the organist is doing his/her (obviously very limited) best. Without knowing the circumstances , we shouldn’t be laughing at this.

  • Sisko24 says:

    This is right up there with a wedding ceremony I was a guest at where a hired soloist sang a then very popular song – but also VERY inappropriate – ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’.

  • Julian Elloway says:

    As someone has observed, it looks fake, given lack of reaction by anyone there. But in a lifetime as a freelance organist, several times I’ve been called to the rescue at the last minute when a friend of the family (wedding or funeral) ‘plays the organ and wouldn’t it be nice for them to play’, but when they arrive they find that their organ playing is on a home keyboard and they go to pieces in front of a ‘proper’ console (and with pedals!).

  • Peter Owen says:

    I’ve a very uneasy feeling this might have been a funeral:

  • Edgar Self says:

    There’s no substitute for learning on the job. He should have chosen Lohengrin instead, or played Horowitz’s record of Liszt’s Mendelssohn march variations.

  • Edgar Self says:

    aother choice for wedding marh is St. Anthony’s chorale, used at my wedding in the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco (because it had a working fireplace), and by Haydn and Brahms for their variations and wind octet. The church had a beautiful walled garden in which we first saw the zygocactus or Christmas cactus in full bloom in October with zygomorphic complex flowers adapted for pollinators such as humming birds, who hovered about them.

  • Gene Gaudette says:

    This is what happens when you hire the organist from the Portsmouth Sinfonia.

  • engelbert humperdinck says:

    Is this video from the same wedding/church? I can’t tell.
    In this video, the French organist’s mangling of the hymn is also matched by the minister’s mangling of the French language (“a la page WHEAT”)