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.
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. He was subsequently awarded the Gulf Medal along with the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait medals.
In 1996, with the Western Band of the Royal Air Force he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on an official state visit to Thailand, and was afforded the very rare privilege of travelling with Her Majesty aboard the Royal Flight for the duration of the visit.
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.
During his Royal Air Force career, Malcolm visited various theatres of operations around the world, travelling with the Band of the RAF Regiment and also their rock groups to entertain the troops.
As an aircraft enthusiast, these operational visits also afforded him some unique opportunities to fly in a variety of front line military aircraft. Such flights included a 'lift for the brass quintet' in a Chinook helicopter in the Falkland Islands and an operational flight in an AWAC over Afghanistan in support of ground operations and some fast jet training over the North Sea in a Hawk jet...!
Upon retirement from the Royal Air Force in 2006, 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'.
With his responsibilities including the administration of 60 music department and instrumental staff and over 800 instrumental lessons each week, Malcolm was also responsible for the various school orchestras and choirs. Such duties also included that of concert tour manager, in which role he organised school choir and orchestral tours to Hong Kong and China (2007) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, France (2008), Europe (2009), New York (2011), Spain (2013) and Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong (2014).
Following the reorganisation of the music department in 2014 which resulted in the disestablishment of the post of Music School Manager, Malcolm has devoted his time to the further development of his numerous musical and voluntary activities within the communty...
Alongside his professional career in music, Malcolm Goodman continues to be involved with 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.
During the 1980's he was a Special Constable for the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, 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.
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 founder and Director of the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, a fully professional orchestra established in 2003 providing musical support to various choral societies in the region including regular concerts in Lincoln Cathedral
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.
Most recently, in March 2015 he also co-founded the Newark Young Sinfonia as a new opportunity for young musicians of all standards in the local communities to enjoy the experience and opportunity of playing in an orchestral ensemble.
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.
More recently Malcolm has been routinely interviewed on many occassions in connection with his various musical activities on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Nottingham, the community's own local Radio Newark, and also BBC TV News (Look North and East Midlands Today).
As a slightly unusual development to his musical activities, Malcolm also plays the latest Swiss made carbon fibre alphorn as part of Edelweiss Alphorns.
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).