Thelma Handy is joint leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied in London with Jaroslav Vanáček at the Royal College of Music, where she won several prizes and subsequent scholarships, which enabled her to study with Franco Gulli in Indiana. She became a member of the English Chamber Orchestra in 1987 and for the next eight years toured extensively with them. During that time she also played with all the major London orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has given many solo and concerto performances, including Mozart’s A major Concerto in Brisbane with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto. She has been a guest leader of several orchestras including the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. Thelma Handy joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as associate leader in 1995 and has also appeared with them on many occasions as soloist or director. She was appointed joint leader in September 2005. Since moving to Liverpool she has enjoyed the opportunity to perform in a wide range of chamber ensembles with players from the orchestra, as well as Ensemble 10/10, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group.