Our Musical Director

Paul Goodchild began his musical studies with his father Cliff Goodchild (former Principal Tuba of Sydney Symphony Orchestra) before undertaking formal lessons from Norm Harris, Lew Campbell and Ernest Llewellyn (former Concertmaster Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Dean of Canberra School of Music).

Showing remarkable talent at an early age, Paul was in his mid teens when he performed with the touring Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra as Principal Trumpet as well as being engaged to play with the touring D’Oyly Carte Opera Company (UK) and the Australian Opera. In 1979, at age eighteen, Paul was appointed as a full time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

At the invitation of leading UK conductor, Elgar Howarth, Paul moved to Europe in 1984 to further his orchestral studies. During this period he specialised in the vibrant music of the Baroque Period and received high praise for his solo and chamber music recitals. Paul returned to Australia in 1985 and rejoined the SSO as the Associate Principal Trumpet, a position he still holds.

Paul is a prodigious talent and is in high demand around Australia. He has performed on numerous occasions as guest Principal of the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and has toured extensively with the SSO including the USA in 1988 and 1998, Europe 1995 and Japan/Taiwan 1996 and 2006 as well as touring Singapore, China and Korea with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Paul is Principal Trumpet of many of Sydney’s free lance orchestras including the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Opera House Orchestra, Sydney Scoring Orchestra, Sydney Bach Orchestra. He also performs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Chamber Soloists of Sydney, The Collegium Musicum and The Australia Ensemble. In 2009 Paul performed solo trumpet in Morphoses Ballet production of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella as part of the Sydney Festival.

Many of Australia’s prominent composers including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope and Alan Holley, have written works especially to showcase Paul’s remarkable talents both as a soloist and in various combinations of Trumpet and Brass Band, Trumpet and Organ, Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra, Trumpet and Piano and Brass Quintet. In 2005 Paul gave the world premier of the Trumpet Concerto “Dopplers Web” by Alan Holley with the SSO conducted by Simone Young and again in 2006 with The Queensland Orchestra.

Paul first joined the WBBB in 1966 and has maintained a close relationship with the band ever since, for many years as solo cornet, then as guest soloist and now as the Musical Director. Paul is quick to attribute his many musical successes to the comprehenisve musical training he received in his early years in the brass band. Paul furthers his skills as a musical director as the Artistic Director of Sydney Brass, a professional brass group formed in 1958 by his father Cliff, and continues as one of Australia’s oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.

In addition to his busy performing schedule Paul is highly regarded as a teacher and provides master classes throughout Australia. In addition to his private students Paul has ten years experience as Lecturer in Trumpet at the Sydney Conservatorium, Guest Lecturer at the Newcastle Conservatorium and Music Camps with Pan Pacific and Youth Music Australia. In August 2008 Paul was the Artist in Residence, with Sydney Brass, at Hale School in Perth, WA. In 2001 he was invited by the Shenyang Conservatorium in China, to give master classes and recitals throughout the province and will be returning to China with Sydney Brass in 2009.

Paul lives in the inner west of Sydney with his wife, Yvette, their two children, Morley and Alana, and is passionate about food, wine, cricket, golf and the South Sydney rugby league team.