Note: This wedding, of a Nigerian couple, took place in the Catholic Church of St Joseph in Leyton, London E10, on Saturday, 6 September 2014. The celebrant was the Rev. Father Innocent Ezeonyeasi.
Miss Chichi Onyenemelu (London) is a friend of the couple, Miss Ndidi Onyekachi Agbabi and Mr Arinze Nonso Chidume. She was in charge of organising the wedding, including hiring the organist, Dr Klaus Bung.
She expressed her appreciation in passing in some messages during the period of preparing the wedding and a formal testimonial sent after the wedding.
From WhatsAp message of 1 Sep 2014, after the rehearsal
Klaus - Thank you so very very much for coming today and giving up so much of your time. You brought a sense of calm and direction which I greatly appreciate. ...
From text message of 7 Sep 2014, day after the wedding:
Hi Klaus - I'm slowly recovering from yesterday as it was a late night for me and I was so exhausted!
I wanted to say a big thank you again for yesterday - you were so professional and understood what was needed. ...
Testimonial sent by email on 8 September 2014
8 September 2014
To whom it may concern
From very early on I knew that I would enjoy working with Klaus. He made contact so promptly after my initial enquiry and that was only the first of many positives.
When I explained to Klaus that my good friend was getting married in less than a month and his church choir and organist were on holiday, he wasted no time checking and confirming his availability.
He provided multiple options for us to communicate and discuss what was needed - and as the date drew closer Klaus would respond to my urgent messages so quickly,
always offering some useful information or solution to some issue we were having.
Klaus was professional, helpful and kind throughout the entire process. He demonstrated his knowledge of wedding ceremonies and vast musical repertoire,
making excellent suggestions for acclamations and hymns and directing me to great links as well as his own website.
Klaus was absolutely critical in pulling together the final order of service; and went above and beyond taking time to source the music for every single piece, even ensuring copies were sent to the choir members beforehand.
On the day of the wedding rehearsal,
Klaus attended at no additional charge because he fully appreciated the desperate situation we were in and he wanted to ensure that the music and the ceremony ran smoothly on the day.
He even used his Latin to get us out of a sticky situation with one of the parish priests who was a little frustrated because we (the bridal party) had run over time!
When the big day came, Klaus was the first in the church, organized and dressed for the occasion. He played a number of beautiful pieces prior to the ceremony as guests were arriving.
Every hymn and acclamation was played beautifully and with ease, Klaus adjusted his speed to match the congregation who were singing a little slow at times!
To see such dedication, professionalism and respect for one's craft is not something you see every day, yet Klaus truly embodied all of these attributes and more.
For Klaus it wasn't just a 'job'. In conversations he would take an interest in learning about the couple and their Nigerian heritage and share stories about himself and previous work he had done.
I would not hesitate to recommend Klaus to anybody needing a skilled organist. He will not disappoint!