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Essence - Church and Reception Music

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We have been very fortunate to have been invited to sing all over the world and at home here in Ireland, at major musical events and private functions. Most of all we love singing at weddings, for it gives us an opportunity to perform music that is specially chosen for its spirituality and romance, the quality and diversity of which would rarely be capable of being performed at weddings.

Music plays such an important part of your wedding day.The choice of music and accompaniment can be so crucial to the atmosphere in the church. To this end we have very carefully prepared a music package that can be tailored to your musical & financial needs. We have had our accompanying music professionally arranged and recorded by some of Ireland's finest arrangers and musicians. Our specially commissioned backing music is exclusive to us.

It has been the experience of many wedding couples that the church sound systems have been inadequate, to produce high quality renditions of the music they love. Often the sound is distorted and the singing incoherent. To this end, we have invested in our own independent professional sound equipment which ensures a musical experience second to none for you and your guests.

We would be delighted to guide you through your musical needs for your wedding day. We are ever increasingly being asked to provide our Spiritual and romantic music for the church ceremony. We can even choreograph your musical entrance and journey up the aisle. "Karen & Paul, although highly professional, are as approachable as they are talented, bringing a unique service to couples navigating the minefield of "music for the big day". Their passion and professionalism will allow you to relax and enjoy your wedding and will have you and your guests talking long after the day is over." (Personal Wedding Planner 2010/11 magazine)

Please read a sample of the many testimonials we have received by our satisfied clients. They have assured us that our music was received and enjoyed by their guests of all ages.

Karen Lynch was born in Canada and made her  stage debut aged four. She was encouraged by her musical mother  to study singing. Her award winning performances resulted in music  scholarships to the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and the  State University of New York, where she was trained by some of  North America's top voice coaches and choral conductors, including  Dr. David Ouchterlony, Elmer Isler, Lukas Foss and John Rutter.  She successfully auditioned for the Emma Kirkby Master Class in  the International Music School in Dartington, U.K. She has performed  on stage with the world renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.  Now living in Ireland, Karen’s musical career has been so wonderfully enhanced by her partnership with Paul.

Paul Redmond first caught the attention of audiences with his live performances on RTE in the Tops of the Town Competition winning the awards for the Most Promising Entertainer and Most Outstanding Singer. He has studied with the renowned Martin Dempsey who inspired  Paul to develop what has been described as a "golden tenor voice". Paul launched his professional career with a series of very successful concerts, receiving rave  reviews. His CD's include "The Legacy" a selection of Moores melodies produced and arranged by David Hayes of Riverdance fame, recorded at the suggestion of Claddagh Records.

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  • Essence Sang at our wedding in June 2010. Paul and Karen were very accommodating when we were picking our music and they have some great original material aswell.
    The performance they gave on the day was phenomenal and really added to the atmosphere of our wedding ceremony. All our guests, young and old commented on how amazing they were. We would definitely recommend Essence to anybody who wishes to add a touch of class to their big day .

    Submitted by Paula & Ciaran, Swords, Co Dublin on Monday 29 November 2021

  • From the moment we met Paul and Karen(Essence) they were so professional in their approach to our wedding music. They were so generous with their time both before the big day and in particular during our wedding service.
    All of our guests were bowled over by the music in the Church, and I will always remember entering the Church with the sounds of Nella Fantasia ringing in my ears. It got better and better throughout the ceremony.
    Our advice to anybody is that they cannot go wrong in talking to Paul and Karen if they are planning a Church Wedding.
    Thanks again to Paul and Karen for making our Marriage ceremony so extra special.
    Miriam and Michael

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    Submitted by miriam and michael on Thursday 2 August 2022

  • I had the pleasure of hearing Paul and Karen sing at the opening of Fado Restaurant over a year ago and was immediately enchanted by their magnificent voices .At the end of the evening I spoke to them and explained that my daughter Janna was getting married on June 2nd 06 and would they sing at the ceremony. To my great delight they accepted. During the following few months we had many discussions about what they would sing, the type of performance etc,they were always so ready to chat. All I can say that Jannas and Johns wedding ceremony was made so special because of them, each and every guest commented on their singing, and the sight and sound of the two of them walking back down the aisle to "Amigos Para Siempre" will stay withus forever. Thank you Karen and Paul. from Carmel Conway

    Submitted on Thursday 2 August 2022

  • On the 6th of August in Springfort Hall Hotel in Mallow,Cork. I had booked Essence for a musical tribute.The delivery of their performance was extremely professional,with a warmth that moved the guests and generated a tremendous response with standing ovations.Many people approched me afterwards to make a point of thanking me for bringing such wonderful music to them,I have no hesitation in recommending them to any parish or organisation or private function.Karen and Paul have brought out 2 cd's together called "A Taste Of Essence" and "Spiritual Essence" Thank you again for a night to remember.

    Submitted by Alice on Thursday 2 August 2022

  • Paul and Karen's performance in Holycross Abbey for our wedding day took my breath away! I wanted the music in the church to be really special but they really exceeded my expectations - they were absolutely magnificent! I even heard afterwards that passers by were drawn onto the back just to hear them. The Harmonies were beautiful and both voices are really powerful. I was so proud as countless people told me it was the most beautiful wedding music they had ever heard. Walking up the aisle to the magical "Nella Fantasia" and back down the aisle with my new Husband to the spectacular "Amigos Para Siempre" is my most treasured memory of our wedding day.

    Submitted by PR1Helen on Thursday 2 August 2022

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Contact name: Karen or Paul
Phone: Karen 087 980 9241
Mobile: Paul 087 289 2056


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