Paul Goodchild Celebrates Forty Years With The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Paul Goodchild. Image Anthony Geernaert
Paul Goodchild. Image Anthony Geernaert

Sydney music lovers will be familiar with the unmistakable presence and extraordinary talent of trumpeter Paul Goodchild in the brass section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This year, Paul, who is Associate Principal Trumpet with the SSO, celebrates 40-years of music-making with the orchestra which will commemorate this remarkable milestone with special concert.

The Sydney Symphony Celebrates Paul Goodchild will feature William Lovelock’s Trumpet Concerto, with Paul as soloist. Conducted by Australian-British conductor Jessica Cottis, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra celebrates Paul Goodchild  also include Nielsen’s Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable. Macens’ The Space Between Stars will be performed on Wednesday 8 May, while Sibelius’ Finlandia will be performed Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May.

“This concerto holds a real personal touch for me as it was written for John Robertson, my hero in the trumpet world and a close colleague of my father’s. This will certainly be one of the highlights of my 40 years in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, up there with the numerous overseas tours the orchestra has undertaken.”

The son of Clifford Goodchild, former Principal Tuba with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1951-1987, Paul has been a permanent member with the SSO since the age of 18, going on to be appointed Associate Principal Trumpet in 1985. Describing his father as a mentor and a “great mate”, both father and son performed together in the orchestra on several occasions.

Over the years, Paul has performed both as an orchestral musician and soloist with the SSO. In 2005, he gave the world premiere of Australian composer Alan Holley’s trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – a piece that was dedicated to him.

The program: MACENS The Space Between Stars*/ SIBELIUS Finlandia**/ LOVELOCK Trumpet Concerto/ NIELSEN Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable/ *Wednesday only/ **Thursday & Friday only

The performers: Jessica Cottis conductor/ Paul Goodchild trumpet/ Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Tickets from: $39, concessions available

Bookings: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Box Office on (02) 8215 4600 or choose your own seat at






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