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Engaging and creative freelance musician, making music for all, usually with coffee in hand.
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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 a Zetland Artist. 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 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 and the Chipping Campden Festival 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. 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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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2nd Encoreversary
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Animateur, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Saint Saens - Sonata for clarinet and piano
John Ireland - Fantasty sonata
Joseph Horovitz - Sonatina
Gerald Finzi - Five Bagatelles
Astor Piazolla - Histoire du Tango
Heinrich Joseph Baermann - Adagio
Claude Debussy - Premiere Rhapsodie
Francis Poulenc - Sonata for clarinet and piano
Vaughan Williams - Six studies in English folk-song
George Gershwin - 3 preludes
Paul Reade - Suite from the Victorian Kitchen Garden
Bela Kovacs - Sholem-alekhem, rov Feidman
Maurice Ravel - Piece en forme de Habanera
Benny Goodman - clarinet solos with piano
Paul Pierne - Andante Scherzo
Lovreglio - Fantasia on La Traviata
William Lloyd- Webber - Air & Variations
Schumann - Three Romances
Edward German - romance
Leo Weiner - Peregi Verbunk
Schumann - Fantasiestucke
Francisco Gomez - Lorito
Bliss - Pastorale
Herbert Howells - Sonata
Arnold Bax - Sonata


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Sue H, 2 years ago

Duo Seula’s lunchtime recital was on Tuesday the 18th September was a delight in every way. The music was beautiful and exciting in equal measure, and Abi and Rachel were charming and informative performers. A perfect lunchtime escape. Thank you.

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James D, 2 years ago

It was an absolute pleasure to attend Rachael and Abi's lunchtime concert on Thursday 6th September. Their playing was mature and thoughtfully presented and I felt that they showed amazing flexibility in applying themselves to the incredibly varied programme that they presented. They addressed the audience between pieces and the spoken contributions were balanced of historical context, musical information and personal opinion. It was also lovely to see that they made an effort to engage with their audience as they left the venue, talking to them about the repertoire that they had chosen and their own personal musical experiences, it was amazing to see musicians striving to connect with their audience and get them excited about the music that they were playing.