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FAQs ~ Serenity String Duo

Updated: Jan 31

Welcome to 2024!

We thought that we would start off the year with sharing some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we regularly get asked.

We hope that these FAQs are informative, will aid you when it comes to making a booking and will guide you further in your planning process for your special event.

Best way to contact Serenity String Duo

  • There are a number of ways to contact us - so choose the way that suits you best - email, Instagram, Facebook & Messenger, our website contact page, or you can phone us and leave an answer phone message - then we can arrange a phone call if required.

  • We check all avenues of communication regularly and will respond as soon as we are able to.

Who performs in Serenity String Duo?

  • Serenity String Duo is made up of two musicians:

  • Katja plays the cello

  • and Laura plays the violin.

  • We're sisters that share a passion for performance, and love to entertain!

What is a String Duo?

  • A String Duo traditionally consists of a violinist and a cellist. 

  • Occasionally, we perform with other musicians. We have previously performed as a violin duo, and a violin-viola duo as well.

  • Serenity String Duo regularly perform as a traditional violin and cello duo.

Where did you study?

  • Both Laura and Katja are professional, freelance musicians. ​

  • Both being graduates of The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. ​

  • Laura graduated in 2014, and Katja graduated in 2017.

Can we book a larger ensemble?

  • Interested in something more?

  • The option to upgrade to a larger ensemble is available upon request.

  • ​Popular ensembles requested include: string trio & string quartet.

  •  Contact us for more details in regards to larger esembles.

What's the difference between a String Duo & a String Quartet?

  • The main difference is in the number of performers, volume and density of sound.

  • Serenity String Duo arrangements are carefully chosen and skillfully adapted to create.

  • the fullest sound, maintaining each song's melody, bass notes, harmonic progressions and percussive rhythms.

  • We pride ourselves in creating a magical, enchanting atmosphere, whilst keeping costs affordable.

Who performs in your larger ensembles?

  • We have many professional contacts and musicians that we work with on a regular basis.

  • ​All musicians that perform with us in our String Trio and String Quartet and deputies (DEP's) standing in if one of the duo is unavailable, are also music conservatoire graduates from some of the UK's top music colleges & are professional, freelance musicians.

What if one of the duo are ill / unavailable?

  • We have many professional contacts and musicians that we work with on a regular basis.

  • In the event that one of us is ill, or unavailable, we will arrange another elite musician to perform in our place. At every event, Serenity String Duo will be led by either Katja or Laura.

How do I check availability?

  • Our diary is constantly being updated due to the nature of our client's bookings.

  • Because of this we do not publish it online.

  • To check whether your date is free, please contact us directly.

When I enquire, is that date held for me?

  • No. When you enquire we make a note in our diary of your event's details.

  • However, this does not reserve that date for you.

  • Your booking is only secured once your deposit is paid. 

  • If we receive another enquiry for the same date we will often try to let you know, however we work on a first "booked" basis. On some occasions we accept multiple bookings per day.

How far in advance can I book?

  • We are regularly accepting bookings up to 3 years in advance.

  • The more notice the better. Having said this - we have also been known to accept bookings within a much shorter time frame. 

  • If you are interested in booking us - contact us and we would be delighted to discuss your plans, no matter how far in the future they may be.

How do I confirm my booking?

  • Your booking is only secured once your deposit is paid.

  • A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required upon booking.

  • Payment can be made via bank transfer.

What if the plans change?

  • Details such as timings and other requirements can change in the run-up to events.

  •  For this reason we ask for as many details as possible when you book.

  •  Please give us as much notice as possible and let us know if any plans change, especially as on some occasions we accept multiple bookings per day. 

  • ​A month before your event we will contact you to confirm these details with you, and

  • the second payment of 60% is required 30 days before the event (non-refundable).

We will share some more FAQs with you again soon.

Best wishes,

Laura & Katja

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