Abigail Burrows enjoys a varied musical career working as a soloist, orchestral, chamber and pit musician, as well as running courses, outreach programmes, and leading masterclasses and workshops around the world. She teaches at The Purcell School of Music in London and is currently playing in the orchestra for the UK & Ireland Tour of Les Misèrables.
Throughout 2017-18, Abbie was an invited Guest Artist at the National Flute Association Convention (Orlando, Florida), Adams International Flute Festival (Netherlands), Australian Flute Festival (Brisbane), Aflaup Festival (Porto, Portugal), Polish Flute Festival (Katowice), Spanish Flute Convention (Valencia), and made her 10th appearance as a soloist with the Cornerstone Chamber Orchestra in her hometown as part of the '50 Years of Milton Keynes' celebrations.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed extensively throughout the UK, playing at concert venues including The Southbank, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, Cadogan Hall, The Anvil, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Bridgewater Hall, as well as internationally throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and America. Career highlights include playing the solo flute part of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.5 with The Philharmonia Orchestra (Switzerland tour), recitals and concerts in Russia (soloist with the Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra), a concert tour in Germany as a guest solo artist with the New English Singers (performing Bach Sonatas in Hallé, Dresden, Berlin and Bach’s Thomas Kirche in Leipzig), and an invitation to play at a Jethro Tull concert at The Barbican, performing a solo slot and a duet with the legendary rock-flautist, Ian Anderson.
Abbie freelances in orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia and Heritage Orchestra, as well as several west-end musicals. She has held chairs on shows including Pinocchio (National Theatre), Wicked (UK Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible and Chichester Festival) and The King and I (UK Tour). She has worked in many of London's recording studios, appeared on film and television, and performed with bands at music festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury.
Abbie is a supporter of The Flutewise Trust, assisting on numerous events and courses, and is also a Concordia International Artist and Ambassador, performing in concerts and running many of their outreach projects. She travelled to Nairobi with Concordia for the Lord Mayor of London's official visit, giving concerts at the Braeburn Theatre, Muthaiga Country Club, and British High Commission, as well as running workshops in schools and orphanages. She has also played for the Royal Family at St James's Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, and to the Prime Minister and Mayor of London at Southwark Cathedral.
Originally from Milton Keynes, Abbie began learning the flute aged 7 and within a year was offered a place at the Purcell School of Music. She studied there for nine years with Anna Pope and was awarded one of the schools most prestigious scholarships. She had a busy performing schedule from a very early age and was invited to play as a soloist for HRH Prince of Wales in a private concert at St James's Palace aged 12 and made her concerto debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall aged 14. She continued her education at the Royal College of Music with Susan Milan and studied privately with Michael Cox and Robert Winn.
Abbie is a Haynes Artist, playing on a custom-made gold flute, and is generously supported by the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. She lives in London with her husband and fellow flautist Gareth McLearnon.
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