Sarah Burnett

In a career full of variety and diversity, Scottish born bassoonist, Sarah Burnett, is one of London’s most lyrical, successful and highly regarded wind players.  In her early years, she won places, awards and scholarships allowing her to study at Chetham’s School of Music, Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and later to study with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover, Germany.  She was also Principal Bassoon in both the National Youth Orchestra of GB and the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Sarah is currently Principal Bassoon with the Britten Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players.   She is in demand as Guest Principal with most of the major UK Orchestras which have taken her to venues and festivals worldwide and allow her to work with conductors of great renown.  No stranger to the session world, Sarah can be heard on films such as Harry Potter and Les Miserables, TV programmes that include Frozen Planet and Dr Who as well as on albums and on tour with Peter Gabriel.  She is much in demand as a chamber musician being a member of the Haffner Wind and Marais Ensembles as well as the RPS award winning Britten Sinfonia Soloists and regularly performs in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, the South Bank and the Barbican Centre.  She can frequently be heard on BBC Radio 3.

Now the coach of the bassoon section of the National Youth Orchestra of GB, Sarah has become one of the most respected teachers of the bassoon in the UK. Professor at the Royal College of Music and Consultant at Birmingham Conservatoire, Sarah also regularly gives masterclasses both at home and abroad.

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