is a musical partnership shared by Mandy de Winter, Judy
King and Chris Hall.
It takes some time to find the right name and having come
up with Serendipity, we were then given the following
piece by Terry Hemming from a local Winchester newspaper:
"Do you have a favourite word? One which you like
saying or makes you smile when you hear it?...... One of
mine is serendipity. This is one of those lovely words
which, to my mind, sounds good, has an interesting
history (coming from fairy story about three princes
from Sri Lanka and coined by Horace Walpole) and
describes a wonderful thing. It is that chance discovery
which introduces you to something good and beneficial."
instruments include guitar, tambura, recorders, melodica and
percussion. Judy is a flautist and singer and also plays the
alto flute and percussion. Chris is an enthusiastic
dancer with an interest in various folk traditions. He is a
talented singer and musician and plays the accordion.
Most importantly we are three friends who live and dance
and play music in the same town in Shropshire – one of the
many fortuitous reasons that have brought us together which
is why the name Serendipity feels just right!
first recording Past
and Present was released in March 2006. We chose the
title since our inspiration for this collection of music and
dances is rooted in the rich folk traditions of the Balkans,
Ukraine and Israel and also draws on the creativity of our
network today with modern choreographies to Celtic and
Klezmer tunes. Our second recording
Finely Tuned contains the same mix of old and new tunes
and was released in 2008.
2012 we released our third CD,
On this recording, we are joined on several tracks by Dutch
clarinetist Michel Duijves.