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The Orchestra

Nova Foresta Classical Players is a professional chamber orchestra , based in the New Forest.  Founded in 2017 by Philip Daish-Handy and Martin Penrose, Nova specialise in music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Eras; in particular, the music of Sir Edward Elgar. This year, Nova has been fast gaining wide recognition as a dynamic new musical force and are frequently performing to packed venues across the South.  Nova not only wish to bring great music to everyone, but also to provide a platform for the young musicians of the future.

Artistic Director - Philip Daish-Handy

Philip Daish Handy has entertained audiences across the world. Philip came to prominence after winning the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Competition, leading to numerous performances and several recordings.

Philip founded and is Artistic Director of the Nova Foresta Classical players. With his orchestra, Philip has performed numerous concertos, and has collaborated with numerous choirs and choral societies to form choral extravaganzas, ‘come and sing’ events, candlelight concerts and Christmas concerts throughout the UK. He also conducts the chamber choir ‘Choralia Milford’, and is Festival Director of the Hinton Music Festival. Recently, Philip was appointed Musical Director of Lymington Choral Society.

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