Paul Goodchild studied trumpet in Sydney and Europe and was appointed a full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 18, later becoming Associate Principal Trumpet. With the SSO, he has toured extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Asia, as well as Singapore, China and Korea with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is Principal Trumpet of many of Sydney's freelance orchestras and frequently performs with the Chamber Soloists of Sydney, Collegium Musicum at UNSW, Australia Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also been a soloist.
In 2009 he performed in the Townsville Chamber Music Festival and in the Sydney Festival with the London Sinfonietta and Morphoses Ballet. This year, he will perform at the International Trumpet Guild World Conference in Sydney. Leading Australian composers have written works for him, including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope. In 2005 he gave the premiere of Alan Holley's trumpet concerto Doppler's Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, reprising it in 2006 with the Queensland Orchestra.
Paul Goodchild is Musical Director of the Waverley Bondi Beach Band and Director of Sydney Brass, one of Australia's oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.