updated Jan 2020
London based clarinettist, Abi Heath, is an exciting, versatile and imaginative musician. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama until 2017, completing both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with distinction. Abi is fortunate to enjoy the support of the Zetland Foundation as she continues to develop her career.
She performs regularly as a freelance musician with a variety of ensembles across the country, performing a wide range of repertoire in venues which range from intimate churches to large concert halls. She has played in major concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and the Barbican, and has been broadcast on both BBC radio and television. She has been privileged to work under the baton of conductors such as Takuo Yuasa, Michail Jurowski and Dominic Wheeler, and alongside orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra and critically acclaimed Parallax orchestra.
Abi is a founding member of Arts Council funded contemporary ensemble, Ret Frem, an ensemble which seeks to give a platform to under-represented and emerging composers. They perform across the UK to a wide range of people, and as well as being their clarinettist, Abi is also the coordinator of their education programme.
Alongside larger ensemble work, Abi also performs frequently in London with her Clarinet and Piano Duo, Duo Seula, and the Lakeside Clarinet Quartet.
Playing has taken Abi across the world leading workshops and performing in Holland, Brazil and India. She recently qualified as an Advanced Community Music trainer, coordinating training courses for communities in less privileged parts of the world to set up their own community music centres. This work is a joy that allows her to combine music with travel, her two greatest loves!
Abi's studies were generously sponsored by the Zetland Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust, The Essex Young Musicians Trust, the Hockerill Educational Trust and the Guildhall School.