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Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile

Orchestral bookings (since joining Morgensterns in December 2015)

  • Chamber Orchestras: English Symphony Orchestra.

Catherine's orchestral work also includes

  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Bristol ensemble
  • Concert Orchestra de Cymru
  • English Symphony Orchestra
  • Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Hereford Sinfonia
  • Mid Wales Opera
  • National Chamber Orchestra of Wales
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • West of England Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Welsh Sinfonia
  • Orchestra West

Catherine's chamber work includes

  • Flute & Harp duos
  • Wind Quintets/Quartets
  • Mixed Ensembles
  • Solo Recitals

Catherine's session work includes

  • EMI
  • HTV Wales
  • Various films & documentaries

Catherine's radio performances include

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (flute and piano recital)
  • Radio 2 - In Tune (wind quintet)
  • Radio Wales

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.


Graduate studies

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)

Schools attended

Harrogate Grammar School (1972-79).

Prizes and Awards

  • Paddy Purcell Prize for woodwind playing at RAM
  • Apler Trust Award: Drapers Company Educational Award


Simon Priestly and Gareth Morris.

Catherine joined Morgensterns in December 2015

Catherine's web profile was last updated 17th Sep 2016


Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile

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.


Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile

Education/Outreach experience

  • National Children's Orchestras coaching
  • National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales coaching
  • ESO Beginners/Intermediate Orchestra coaching
  • ESO project with children's ballet school
  • Primary School workshops
  • Concerts for Music in Hospitals charity
  • Composing songs for primary school children

Teaching experience

  • Current
  • The Royal Welsh College of Music, Junior Conservatoire
  • Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls
  • Private Tuition
  • Previous
  • Banstead School, Surrey
  • Agincourt School, Monmouth
  • Wells Cathedral School
  • Christ College, Brecon
  • Our Lady's St. Michael, Abergavenny


Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile


Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile


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


Catherine Handley (Flute, Flute Alto, Piccolo) Web Profile

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