During the course of writing the Serenade for Strings, two movements (the first and the second) were workshopped by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Hamish McKeich in one of the Rehearsed Readings sessions organised by SOUNZ and the NZSO. This took place on the 21st & 22nd March 2002 at the Brierly Centre, Wellington College.
The entire work was given its first public performance on 21st October 2004 by Ensemble Polymnia under the direction of Sarah Bisley. The concert was given at Église Saint-Julien le Pauvre in Paris.
The Serenade for Strings was performed by Orchestre à cordes Idoménée, a string orchestra comprised of professional musicians based in Paris directed by its conductor, Didier Jacquin. Idoménée gave its first concert in Paris on the 24th September 2005. Its first programme included the following works: the Divertimento in D by Mozart, the Holberg Suite by Grieg, Britten's Simple Symphony, and Nigel Keay's Serenade for Strings.
Didier Jacquin studied at the regional conservatoire in Marseille. He has studied clarinet and bass clarinet with Jean-Marc Volta and chamber music with Édouard Exerjean. He studied harmony and counterpoint at the Regional Conservatoire in Paris, and also studied with Jean-Sébastien Béreau for four years at the Conservatoire in Dijon.
In 2006 Didier Jacquin studied with John Nelson and Janos Fürst at the International Academy of Orchestral Conducting in Vendôme organised by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.
The Serenade for Strings was performed by Ensemble Kypris (page in French) on the 9th April 2006 at the Eglise évangélique allemande, 25 rue Blanche, 9ème arr. Paris, France.