Catherine Handley studied at the Royal Academy of Music and completed her training at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. 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 playing music in care homes and hospitals. She plays regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Sinfonia, Welsh Concert Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra West and Mid Wales Opera.
Chamber music recitals, including flute and harp duos and wind quintets and her work with the charity ‘Music in Hospitals’ is nationwide. She teaches flute at the Junior Conservertoire of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Catherine has recorded for HTV, BBC and also ABC Radio in Australia and her CD ‘Ariel’ of music by members of ‘The Composers of Wales’ was reviewed as being an “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” and she recently recorded Ian Lawson’s trio ‘Isca’ for flute, viola and harp.
The CD of Christopher Gunning’s flute concertino with the RPO has just been released on the Discovery label.Catherine is also a score-reader, mostly for BBC Classical Music productions and The Royal Opera House.