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.

Paul Ingram -

Principal Guest Conductor

Paul Ingram studied at the Universities of Southampton and Leicester, reading Music and Management respectively. He began conducting in 1995, working with the orchestras of Southampton University.

In 1997, Paul founded the Southampton University Sinfonietta and remained Music Director until 2004. In 1999, he reached the final of the British Reserve Insurance Conducting Competition and has been Music Director of Southampton Concert Orchestra since 2001. 

Paul was Principal Conductor of Per Piacere from 2007 to 2017 and has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the professional chamber orchestra, Nova Foresta Classical Players.

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Anna Ovsyanikova -Concertmaster

Anna Ovsyanikova is a classical violinist regularly performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. As a recitalist and chamber musicians she has performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, Embassy of Russia in the UK, Birmingham Symphony and Birmingham Town Hall. Anna has established a reputation as a soloist, having won several concerto competitions in the UK and performing concertos with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic in Romania amongst many others. 


Originally from Russia, at the age of 16 Anna Ovsyanikova made her international debut in Germany and went on to study in the UK, completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music for Masters where she graduated from the Masters programme with distinction and DipRAM – the highest possible award. She is also an alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire and Rimsky-Korsakov Pre Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Lionel Handy FRAM -

Artist in Residence

International cellist Lionel Handy has performed worldwide and has played all of the major cello concertos with orchestras across Europe.

Lionel Handy was principal cellist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for ten years with whom he recorded and toured extensively throughout USA and Europe.  Later, as solo cellist with the  Bournemouth Sinfonietta, he performed an eclectic range of concertos ranging from CPE Bach and Haydn to Taverner and Roxburgh. Lionel has played as guest principal cellist with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, LSO, RLPO, LPO, ECO and Halle. 

Lionel has been a professor at the Royal Academy of Music since 1982, in addition to teaching at summer schools and masterclasses throughout Europe. Many of his former pupils hold important positions in orchestra and chamber ensembles.

He was awarded Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music, and plays on a cello by Fendt (circa1820). 

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Artistic Director

The dynamic English cellist/conductor  Philip Daish-Handy has entertained audiences across the world. Known for his musicianship and projection, Philip came to prominence after winning the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Competition in 2005. 

Philip then went on to win the prestigious Symphony Hall Recital Prize in 2010. As a solo artist, Philip has played all the major concertos with orchestras throughout the UK.  Recently Philip has released two encore CDs with Martin Penrose and a celebrated rendition of the Elgar Cello Concerto.


Philip regularly performs as a soloist for the P&O and Cunard Lines. He holds several important teaching positions for the West Berkshire Cello Academy, the National Chamber Music Course  and is Artistic Director of the Nova Foresta Classical Players.

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