Gran Canaria International Flute Festival

Abigail Burrows

Abigail Burrows grew up in Milton Keynes and was a scholar at the Purcell School for nine years, studying with Anna Pope. She began an international performing career at a very early age and was invited to play for HRH Prince of Wales in a private concert at St James's Palace when she was 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.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Abbie has performed extensively throughout the UK, playing at concert venues including The Southbank, The Anvil, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke's, Birmingham Symphony Hall, St James's Piccadilly, and Bridgewater Hall. In 2009 she was a guest artist at a Jethro Tull concert at The Barbican Centre, performing a solo slot and a duet with the legendary rock-flautist, Ian Anderson. She has performed internationally throughout the U.S, Africa, Australia and Europe, including two tours of Russia, as a recitalist and concerto soloist with the Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also toured Germany as a guest artist with the New English Singers, performing in Hallé, Dresden, Berlin and Bach’s Thomas Kirche in Leipzig, and last year she travelled to Switzerland with The Philharmonia Orchestra, performing the solo flute part of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.5.

Abbie is a Concordia International Artist and Ambassador, performing in concerts across London and abroad. She travelled to Nairobi with Concordia and the Lord Mayor of London during his official visit in 2011, performing at the Braeburn Theatre, Muthaiga Country Club, and British High Commission, as well as giving workshops in schools, slums 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.

With the Albany Duo (Flute and Guitar with Tom McLauchlan) and Flute and Piano Duo (with Daniel Swain), she has given numerous recitals for music societies and concert series, including the Fishguard, Buckingham and Windsor music festivals. She also spent two years playing with a chamber-folk band, appearing at venues throughout the UK and festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury.

Abbie enjoys a varied performing and teaching career. She was the flautist on the UK Tours of Wicked and The King and I, and is a founding member of contemporary flute group FLIGHT, performing at corporate events around the world. She runs an international outreach Fife Project, and tutors on numerous flute events and residential courses.

Abbie currently plays a gold Brannen-Cooper Flute awarded by the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and lives in London with her husband and fellow flautist, Gareth McLearnon.

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