Garland of Flutes has made two commercially available CDs:
Festive is a selection of the quartet’s Christmas repertoire, recorded in 2014. £2 of the proceeds of each CD sold goes to Jessies Fund, a York-based charity that helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music.
Two Christmas Carol Reflections arr. Sefton Cottom
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The Angel Gabriel arr. Ben Heneghan
Quen Pastores Laudevere arr. Ben Heneghan
Ding Dong! Merrily on High arr. Ben Heneghan
Here are the sleeve notes:
We four members of "A Garland of Flutes" have been playing together since 2007, rehearsing weekly and performing in and around York. We have built up a large repertoire of quartets, trios, duets and solos in a variety of musical styles, and further vary our programmes with Alto flute, Baroque flute and Irish whistles.
This recording of Christmas music includes original input from friendly composers who have taken an interest in our ensemble and generously supplied us with, among other things, beautiful settings of familiar Christmas tunes.
We are very grateful to the late Sefton Cottom who, when he retired from his position as Head of Music at Pocklington School, produced many compositions and arrangements for us, often delivering them to our door.
We are indebted to Ben Heneghan who composed a set of "Three Scenes for Flute Quartet" which gave us a chance to get our teeth into a challenging and very rewarding experience, including a rehearsal under his direction and a first public performance in York. To our delight, Lindsey receives fresh arrangements from him by email from time to time, and three of his carol arrangements are featured on this recording.
We are very grateful to Louisa's late aunt, Eve Clarke, who composed delightful little "medleys" to order. We are playing her Christmas one here.
We would also like to acknowledge our friend and excellent flute-player, Felicity Jones, who, apart from stepping in occasionally to fill gaps or to swell our number to a quintet, has helped and supported us in too many ways to list here!
The four of us vary widely in age and background. Louisa has led small chamber groups for many years; Rosalind is an experienced orchestral player and Lindsey and Angela perform regularly in other groups.
We very much look forward to our Thursday mornings, when we gather to rehearse at Louisa's flat. Her husband, Lewis, provides us with entertainment and lavish confections for our (rather long) tea breaks!
Chance brought us together, and music and friendship hold us together.
A Garland of Flutes are Louisa Creed, Rosalind Grice, Angela Gordon and Lindsey Woods
Recorded by Chris Johnson at The Unitarian Chapel, York in 2014. Group photograph by Keith McInnis. Artwork by Richard Nagy featuring ‘Robin’ and ‘Winter in Swaledale’, rag rugs by Louisa Creed.
Flight is a selection of original repertoire, recorded in 2016
We have long wanted to record the pieces on this CD, which were all written especially for us. We were very lucky to have the support of both composers. Thomas Simaku came to our final rehearsal before recording to give us his thoughts on interpretation, tempo and balance. We spent a day in rehearsal with Ben Heneghan before going into the studio. It has been a wonderful experience working with both composers.
We cannot end this note without thanking the people central to making this recording happen:
The husbands, Lewis Creed, Mark Gordon, David Grice and Bob Ward. Scarlett Gordon for being such a star. Ian Lawson for his superb recording engineering, mixing and mastering. Fiona Lawson for welcoming us all so warmly to the studio. Sally Heneghan for her wonderful hospitality and delicious cooking. Felicity Jones for the loan of her beautiful piccolo and her support of this project. The composers themselves, Thomas Simaku and Ben Heneghan. Finally, thanks to Hudson for entertaining us throughout.
A Garland of Flutes are Louisa Creed, Rosalind Grice, Angela Gordon and Lindsey Woods. Recorded at Fieldgate Studios, August 2016 www.fieldgatestudios.com
Artwork by Richard Nagy featuring rag rugs by Louisa Creed.