Malcolm Goodman MBE ARCM

100 Squadron Royal Air Force - Training Flight (30/10/2001)

Born in 1953, Malcolm Goodman was educated at King's College School in Cambridge and Kelvin Hall School in Hull, and subsequently undertook formal instrumental studies at the Royal College of Music in London, gaining an ARCM performer's diploma on the horn in 1975. His musical studies followed in the footsteps of his father, Peter Goodman (Hull City Organist and music teacher), mother, Mary Goodman (peripatetic violin teacher), sisters Wendy (cello) and Jennifer (clarinet) and brother Roy Goodman (violin and orchestral conductor), who had all previously studied at the Royal College of Music.


His professional musical career began in 1975 with his appointment as co-principal horn with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force at RAF Uxbridge. However, in 1979 he left the Royal Air Force to undertake a new appointment as Company Director of a family business, which also enabled him to develop a new career as a freelance orchestral horn player.


Field Hospital Communications Hut Saudi Arabia 1991
In 1990 he returned to his former Royal Air Force career as principal horn with the Western Band of the Royal Air Force, with whom in 1991, during the first Gulf War, he was deployed on active service with other RAF musicians in a new medical support role in field hospitals at various forward operating bases in Saudi Arabia. Malcolm and his RAF musician colleagues were each subsequently awarded the Gulf Medal along with the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait medals.
The Western Band of the RAF 1991

Keen to establish some kind of Forces Discount Scheme (before any official schemes were developed), in the early 90's Malcolm personally negotiated an initial scheme with the new EuroDisney in Paris and the establishment of the H M Forces Disney Discount Card, which only later was superseded with formal discount arrangements negotiated by MoD.


In 1996, with the Western Band of the Royal Air Force he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on an official state visit to Thailand, travelling with Her Majesty aboard the Royal Flight for the duration of the visit.

RAF publicity Photo


Following a posting to Royal Air Force Cranwell in 1999, he joined the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment as principal horn, and in 2003 was also appointed to the new additional role of Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Royal Air Force Music Services. Having also undertaken web design courses he developed the first ever website for the RAF Music Services in the early years of the internet. 


Hawk Jet training flight 2001

As an aircraft enthusiast, during his Royal Air Force career Malcolm has also had the privilege of flying in numerous military aircraft on operational flights including a Chinook in the Falkland Islands, the E3-D Sentry (AWAC) over Afghanistan, some fast jet 'training' in the Hawk jet (as used by the Red Arrows) over the North Sea, and of course endless 'relaxing' hours spent with colleagues on-board the Hercules troop carrier - so often used to transport RAF musicians and all their equipment in support of H M Forces on operational deployments around the world.

Music School Manager, Uppingham School


Upon retirement from the Royal Air Force in 2007, Malcolm Goodman was appointed to the newly established position of Music School Manager at Uppingham School in Rutland, managing the music department administration and the new £3.5m 'Paul David Music School'. He was also responsible for the administration of 60 music department and instrumental staff along with over 800 instrumental lessons each week.

Uppingham School Barcelona Tour

In the additional role as Concert Tour Manager with the responsibility of organising all school concerts, he also organised extensive overseas tours for choirs and orchestras including Hong Kong and China in collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2007), France (2008), Europe (2009), New York (2011), Spain (2013) and Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong (2014). 


One especially memorable moment of his time at Uppingham School also usefully linked with his former Royal Air Force career through the organisation of the Uppingham School Chapel Choir's performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 2011.


Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2011



Following the reorganisation of the Uppingham School music department in 2014 Malcolm took the opportunity to retire from full time employment and so devote his time to the further development of his numerous musical and charity activities within the community, and now has a part time 'retirement' retail position locally with Asda...

In The Community...

Alongside his professional career in music, from his early days of volunteering to drive for the 'Meals on Wheels' service, Malcolm Goodman has continued to be involved within the local community in various voluntary roles...


As one of the founding charity trustees of the National Association of Youth Orchestras he also undertook the role of Honorary Course Administrator for the Anglo-German Youth Music Week for 20 years - until it was superseded by the European Youth Music Week in 1999.




Special Constable Malcolm Goodman


During the 1980's he was a Special Constable for the Nottinghamshire Constabulary with the rank of 'Section Leader' (Sergeant), and also served as a member of the Consumer Standards Advisory Council for the British Standards Institute and a consumer advisor to the BBC Watchdog programme.

Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra Lincoln Cathedral 2018

In 2001 he founded the Lincolnshire Philharmonia Orchestra based at Royal Air Force Cranwell, to further develop musical links between Royal Air Force musicians and the local community.


He is also Founder and Administrator of the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, which is a professional orchestra established in 2003 to provide musical support to various choral societies in the region, with regular performances in Lincoln Cathedral.

RAF Centenary Concert Lincoln Cathedral May 2018 with Myleene Klass


His charity work continued with the establishment in 2004 of the Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust - a new service charity promoting welfare funding through the performance of live music by Royal Air Force musicians, which he manages from his home in Newark as Founder and Honorary Administrator.


In 2014 he also co-founded the Newark Young Sinfonia as a new opportunity for young musicians of all standards in the local community to enjoy the experience and opportunity of playing in an orchestral ensemble.


BBC Look North Studios Hull

Working closely with the broadcast media he has also undertaken the role of deputy presenter for the 'Music Link' programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, and in 2006 was appointed to the BBC Regional Audience Council on a 3-year advisory position to the BBC Trust.


Malcolm has been routinely interviewed on many occasions in connection with his various musical activities on BBC Radio LincolnshireBBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC Radio Bristol, the community's own local Radio Newark, and also BBC TV News.



Local community activities continued with a 12 month appointment to the Sleaford and District Twinning Association and a 4-year appointment as a charity trustee for the Sleaford Concert Band, and the organisation of additional concert tours to Berlin (2011), Paris (2013) and Barcelona (2015).


In association with Nottinghamshire Police, in December 2018 Malcolm co-founded and now helps run a local neighbourhood watch scheme.


In March 2020 Malcolm founded the Musicians' Forum Facebook Group, initially established as a discussion group supporting musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak, and now continuing as a platform for support and advice for the wider musical community...


As a slightly unusual development to his musical activities, Malcolm also plays the latest Swiss made carbon fibre alphorn.


MBE presentation 16 June 2001




Malcolm Goodman was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2001 for services to youth music and the Royal Air Force.

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