Abi’s Music Story
Abi started playing clarinet at about the age of 7 at primary school and was lucky to have a great teacher at school from the Hertfordshire music service.
Music was her escape as an undiagnosed dyslexic for a long time, finding school restrictive and frustrating. She moved schools in Year 9 by getting a music scholarship to Bishop Stortford College. She started learning with a super teacher, and loved playing in ensembles, orchestra, and wind bands. During the sixth form, Abi decided she wanted to pursue music as a career and applied and successfully got into the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate at the Guildhall with distinction, but only after sending 374 (!) letters out to various funds and associations to help fund her postgrad studies. Various organisations have supported Abi as a musician along the way, including the Zetland Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Essex Young Musician Trust and Hockerill Education Trust.
Following the Guildhall, Abi followed a busy schedule of performing, teaching, and leading community music projects. She worked with the “Wind Up Penguin Theatre Company” which toured developing countries doing workshops to children in areas where there were limited opportunities, within the poor districts of Rio, Brazil and across in India. From here she went onto train alongside “Musicians without Borders” as an Advanced Community Music Trainer. This has taken her one step closer to realising her dream of training people in developing countries to create and sustain their own music programmes.
Amongst her community projects Abi has also performed in some of the top venues in London, including the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and the Barbican. She is also a founding member of an Arts Council funded contemporary ensemble, Ret Frem, an ensemble which seeks to give a platform to under-represented and emerging composers.