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.
Malcolm Goodman began his professional career in 1975 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 employment opportunity in the East Midlands, whilst also pursuing a career as a freelance musician and the voluntary role of Special Constable with Nottinghamshire Police.
In 1990 he decided to return to his former Royal Air Force career, becoming principal horn with the Western Band of the Royal Air Force at RAF Locking (Weston super Mare). Subsequently, during the first Gulf War, in 1991 he was deployed on active service with other RAF musicians in a new operational 'war role' in field hospitals at various forward operating bases in Saudi Arabia.
Malcolm was subsequently awarded the Gulf Medal with clasp along with the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait medals.
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 newly established role of Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Royal Air Force Music Services. Having undertaken formal web design training he also developed the first ever website for the RAF Music Services in the early years of the internet.
During his Royal Air Force career Malcolm has had the opportunity to fly to some very remote and unusual parts of the world in some highly specialised military aircraft, including operational flights in a Chinook in the Falkland Islands, the E3-D Sentry (AWAC) over Afghanistan, some fast jet 'training' in the Hawk jet over the North Sea, and of course endless 'relaxing' hours spent with colleagues on-board the Hercules - so often used to transport RAF musicians and all their equipment in support of H M Forces on operational deployments around the world.
Malcolm Goodman retired from the Royal Air Force in 2007 following an invitation to undertake the new position of Music School Manager at Uppingham School in Rutland - managing the music department administration within the school’s new £3.5m 'Paul David Music School'. This new role not only included the management of 60 music department staff and more than 800 weekly instrumental lessons, but also the organisation of all school concerts.
In the additional role of Concert Tour Manager, he also organised various overseas tours for choirs and orchestras around Europe, New York, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.
Linking with his former Royal Air Force Music career, Malcolm also enabled the Uppingham School Choir Chapel Choir uniquely to take a leading musical role at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 2011.
Following the reorganisation of the Uppingham School music department in 2014, along with some developing heath concerns, Malcolm took the opportunity to retire from full time employment and so devote his time to various part time music and charity activities.
Since his early days volunteering to drive for the 'Meals on Wheels' service in his home town of Hull in the 1970s, over the subsequent 50 years Malcolm Goodman has continued to undertake various significant voluntary roles around the country, whilst also initiating many other musical activities for amateur and professional musicians.
Whilst still serving in the Royal Air Force, in 2004 Malcolm Goodman established the Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust – a new RAF charity specifically established to promote welfare funding through the performance of live music by Royal Air Force musicians. Through his on-going position as Founder and Honorary Administrator, the charity has now become one of the primary sponsors of RAF charity concerts in the country.
As a founding trustee of the National Association of Youth Orchestras, in 1979 Malcolm became the Honorary Course Administrator for the Anglo-German Youth Music Week - a role he continued for 20 years until it was superseded by the European Youth Music Week in 1999.
In the 1980s he also served as a member of the Consumer Standards Advisory Council for the British Standards Institute.
In 2001 Malcolm 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, and in 2003 established the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra as a new professional orchestra for the region. 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.
Local community activities also included a 12 month appointment with the Sleaford and District Twinning Association and the appointment as a charity trustee for the Sleaford Concert Band - organising their subsequent concert tours to Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
Working closely with the broadcast media, in the 1980s Malcolm was a consumer advisor to the BBC Watchdog programme, and in later years undertook the role of deputy presenter for the 'Music Link' programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. In 2006 he was also appointed to the BBC Regional Audience Council on a 3-year advisory position to the BBC Trust, and is now routinely interviewed on BBC radio and television in connection with his RAF charity concerts.
In March 2020 Malcolm established the Musicians' Virus Forum as a discussion group for freelance musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak. The group now provides a platform for advice and support to the wider musical community.
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.