Audio-visual options at the funeral
Advice for people conducting services and family speakers
There is only 1 microphone in the chapel, located on the lectern. If you move away from the lectern the system will not pick up your voice and it will not be recorded. A radio lapel microphone is available for the person conducting the service should they wish to move around the chapel. They will need to discuss this with staff before the day of the service.
During hymns the person taking the service should step off the lectern so the microphone does not record a single voice. This allows more ambient sound to be picked up instead.
When a service is recorded, the music system should be used rather than the organ, as the organ sound is not always picked up on recordings.
To make sure of a quality recording up to the end of the service it is important that once the last of the mourners have left the chapel the person taking the service and/or the undertaking staff do not re-enter the chapel until the recording is stopped. This is done by the crematorium staff and they will say when to re-enter.