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.
Abbie freelances for several orchestras and 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 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.
Gareth McLearnon is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning flutist, composer, arranger and educator who travels the globe every year leading a diverse, innovative, creative and exciting musical career. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1999-2003 and is currently based in London where he lives with his wife and fellow flutist Abigail Burrows.
As a performer, Gareth is in demand as a soloist, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has given many hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for thousands of flute players of all ages and abilities.
In June 2013 Gareth was appointed as a Flute Professor at the Yuri Bashmet International Music Academy in Samara, Russia.
Gareth has been Principal Flute of the critically acclaimed Heritage Orchestra since 2009 - playing concerts all over the UK, Europe & The Middle East including concerts and tours with Tim Minchin; BBC Proms performances with Jamie Cullum in 2010, Pete Tong in 2015 and the Scott Walker Prom in 2017.
As a composer - his numerous works for flute ensemble have been performed all around the world including in such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London.
Gareth is extremely proud to be the European Artist-in-Residence for Wm. S. Haynes Co. and is a Haynes Artist - playing on a custom made solid 14K gold Haynes flute #54321.
Carrie Hensel is the Musical Director of the Hampshire Flute Choir, whom she has been conducting since 2004. The group are regularly invited to play at the National Festival of Music for Youth and Carrie has taken them on tour to places such as Estonia and Germany, and most recently to perform at the BFS convention in Warwick. Currently, Carrie teaches the flute scholars for the Hampshire Music Service and leads the flute sectionals for the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and Hampshire County Youth Wind Band, as well as running a busy private teaching practice and performing regularly with various ensembles. Recent pupil achievements have included places in NYO, successful music college auditions, including scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and Portsmouth Music Festival Concerto and Recital Prize winners, Newbury Young Musician of the Year and Beaulieu Music Award prize winners. She enjoys organising Hampshire Flute Days (www.fluteday.co.uk), with world-renowned flautists, such as Philippe Barnes (2018), Peter Verhoyen (2017), Sarah Newbold (2016), Anna Noakes (2015), Niall O'Riordan (2014), Wil Offermans (2014), Kate Hill (2012), Ian Clarke (2010), Clare Southworth (2006). Carrie also teaches and conducts the flute choir at the Oxford Flute Summer School