Our debut album

After much planning and preparation, we recorded our debut album in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the end of  July. We had two days of recording booked in, and are grateful to Joshua Goodey who was our very patient sound engineer for the whole process. The disk is just over an hour long and includes the ever-popular Farkas Hungarian Dances, Taffanel’s Wind Quintet, one of our firm favourites Poulenc’s Novelette in C, and Damase’s 17 Variations. It is safe to say it was a very hard working couple of days (as Katie pointed out in a recent recital, we probably had recorded Damase’s 117 variations by the end of it), but definitely all worth it when we heard the results. The hall is an excellent acoustic, and a perfect space to record chamber music.

We were honoured to receive a watercolour painting of us from Colin Bishop when we did our recital in Rhiwbina in April, and it was the perfect image to use as the album cover. The background is also used for the artwork on the CD itself, and our regular ‘blue’ quintet colour scheme fits in perfectly. We are extremely grateful to Peter Lower, Katie’s brother, who designed the album artwork for us.

If you would like to purchase a copy of our CD please visit the ‘Recordings & Media’ section of our website or email us on hello@serenwinds.co.uk. They cost £10 plus postage and packing.