The singing celebrant
I’m Lisa Bridge and I grew up in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. I attended Tring Park and graduated from The Guildford School of Acting in 2008. I’ve worked extensively as a performer in the West End. I have worked as a dancer, singer and actor and have been extremely fortunate to have performed at The Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, The Savoy, The Palladium and The Phoenix Theatre. Most recently I appeared as Raquel, Marlene and Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses, The musical.
Other West End credits include: Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Judy in 9 to 5 Musical, Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Harrier in Bend it Like Beckham.
I have always been the go-to person amongst family and friends to read, sing and take part in family ceremonies, be it weddings or funerals. I realised it was a way of using my skills as a performer to really make a difference and make connections with an audience in a much more rewarding and intimate way than on the stage.
Celebrancy just seemed a natural progression.
I have a passion for nature and the outdoors. I like to interweave nature and traditional ancient elements like herbs, flowers and their meanings into my ceremonies.
I find supporting bereaved families and celebrating life extremely rewarding, but I also find so much joy in officiating weddings and family celebrations around Bedfordshire, London and the UK.
Conducting funerals, to me, is like stepping onto the grand stage of life itself, where each service is a unique production, filled with stories, memories, and the raw emotions of those who gather.
Just as a skilled performer captivates an audience, I strive to weave a heartfelt narrative, honouring the life and legacy of the departed with empathy and reverence. The reward comes not from applause, but from witnessing the healing power of shared grief and the beautiful transformation that takes place when a community comes together to celebrate and remember.
Just as the theatre brings people together for a shared experience, my role as a funeral celebrant allows me to create a meaningful space where love, remembrance, and the human spirit shine brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who are touched by the moments we share.