Catherine's chamber work includes
Catherine's session work includes
Catherine's radio performances include
Catherine Handley, born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has had a life-long relationship with music. Her career now spans 25 years and she feels as privileged as ever to see the effect of music through taking projects to preschool & primary children, teaching teenagers, performing to general audiences and taking music into care homes and hospitals.
She studied the flute with Gareth Morris at the Royal Academy of Music and completed her training at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.
Her playing career of orchestral and chamber music is varied. She plays regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Sinfonia, Chamber Orchestra de Cymru, National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra West, British Sinfonietta, Mid Wales Opera, Bristol Ensemble and has played with the RLPO, BBC NOW. BBCCO and RPO Chamber music recitals, including flute and harp duos and wind quintets, have taken Catherine all over the UK and Ireland. Her work with the charity Music in Hospitals is nationwide. She played in a folk duo with Huw Chidgey for over 10 years playing their own arrangements of folk tunes & songs both new and old, 'borrowed' & self-penned.
She has recorded for HTV, BBC and ABC Radio in Australia and has recorded Christopher Gunning's flute concerto with the RPO. Her CD 'Ariel' for flute and piano of music by members of 'The Composers of Wales' was reviewed as being a "Heavenly album" and an "exquisite release". Her flute playing on 'A Journey', a CD with her folk duo, was described as "polished & effortless; at times beautiful & moving"
Catherine has taught in Wells Cathedral School, Christ's College Brecon and Colston's Girls School and currently in Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls and the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She enjoys coaching for youth orchestras especially the National Childrens Orchestras.
Catherine is also a score-reader mostly for BBC Classical Music productions and out of hours, she enjoys hill-walking, swimming, fitness classes and going to talks by experts in their fields including explorers, climbers, writers and naturalists.
The National Centre for Orchestral Studies (1985-86).
The Royal Academy of Music (1981-1985)
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1979-1980)
Harrogate Grammar School (1972-79).
Prizes and Awards
Simon Priestly and Gareth Morris.
Catherine joined Morgensterns in December 2015
Catherine's web profile was last updated 17th Sep 2016
Catherine has given numerous chamber music recitals including flute and harp/piano duos, wind quintets, trios, and flute with voice ensembles, which have taken her all over the UK and Ireland.
Christopher Gunning - Flute Concertino with RPO
Ariel - music for flute & piano by The Composers of Wales
Christopher Gunning - Seaspells (recorded, not yet released)
Ian Lawson-Isca (fl.vla.hp) & Mearc (fl.pno) (recorded, not yet released)
'In the Tradition' with Huw Chidgey
'A Journey' with Huw Chidgey