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Mr David Wickham


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6801, Mobile: 0417 012451, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.145
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6801  
Mobile: 0417 012451  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.145  


David Wickham is one of Australia's pre-eminent accompanists, and Principal Coach for West Australian Opera. He was a member of the music staff of the Australian Opera Studio from 2003 to 2006, where he was music director for productions of Julius Caesar, Don Quichotte, Carmen, Così fan Tutte, Rodelinda, Manon, Bastien and Bastienna and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as Elijah and three cabarets.

"David Wickham led from the front with a superb display of musicianship, playing the orchestral reduction with extraordinary flair and directing at the same time. He provided the bounce and rhythmic lift which permeated the entire production," wrote Opera Opera of Così fan Tutte. Opera Opera also described him as "one of the finest exponents of keyboard skill when dealing with orchestral transcriptions".

Before emigrating to Perth in 2003 he was resident in London. He has broadcast recitals for ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and UK Classic FM. The Australian Opera Studio s 2005 cabaret, of which David was music director, won an award for the best live broadcast in the ABC's Sunday Live series.

As a repetiteur David worked for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, also spending nine seasons with Garsington Opera. He has also worked on several productions for West Australian Opera, including Richard Mills award-winning The Love of the Nightingale, described in the press as “the operatic event of the year” and John Adams's The Flowering Tree, which won a Helpman award for Best Orchestral Concert.

For WAAPA David has conducted Candide, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“David Wickham did wonders from the podium”), Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Williamson’s English Eccentrics, Dido and Aeneas, Ricci’s la serva e l’ussero and Adamo’s Little Women. He is much in demand as an accompanist, and has partnered Gregory Yurisich, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Aivale Cole, Alexander Lewis and Ruby Philogene in recital. The West Australian, reviewing a performance of Grieg songs with Macliver, described David as “a musician whose fingers knew no fears, and who could shape even the subtlest nuances of the vocal line.”

He has made several ABC broadcasts with singers such as Sara Macliver and Fiona Campbell, and his piano trio, PVC. In recital with Aivale Cole at Government House in Perth, “Wickham's pianism was exceptional throughout; his solo in Come Rain or Come Shine one of the highlights."

Current practice-led research focuses on editing, publishing, performing and recording Australian art songs.

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Honours, England, 1988 .

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Creative Works

  • Wickham, D., Gasteen, L., (2014), SwanSongs Lisa Gasteen. SwanSongs Lisa Gasteen, Perth Town Hall.
  • White, T., Wickham, D., (2014), Petrushka, Concerto in G and O Fortuna Re-imagined and Re-invented for Percussion. Petrushka and Classical Tuesdays, WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • Wickham, D., McAndrew, F., (2014), Sunday Live with Fiona McAndrew. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, ABC Studios, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2014), The Magic Flute - West Australian Opera 2014. The Magic Flute, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2014), SwanSongs Alexander Lewis. SwanSongs Alexander Lewis, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Sleptsova, A., Gilling, G., (2014), Debussy Preludes. St Paul's Chamber Series, John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.
  • Wickham, D., Harper-Brown, L., (2014), SwanSongs Lisa Harper-Brown. SwanSongs Lisa Harper-Brown, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Coughlan, M., Badnall, C., Chong, K., (2014), Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor Op. 90. Beethoven Marathon - Complete Piano Sonatas, Government House Ballroom, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., Harper-Brown, L., (2014), The Red of a Woman's Heart. The Red of a Woman's Heart, Churchlands School Performing Arts Centre.
  • Wickham, D., Webb, K., (2013), Swansongs Katja Webb. SwanSongs, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Little Women. Little Women, Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), An Intimate Evening with DivaLicious. 2013 Fremantle Festival, Victoria Hall, Fremantle.
  • Wickham, D., Macliver, S., (2013), Swansongs Sara Macliver. SwanSongs, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Yurisich, G., (2013), SwanSongs Gregory Yurisich. City of Perth Winter Arts Festival, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., White, T., (2013), An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. The World of George Gershwin, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Dido and Aeneas/La serva e l'ussero. Dido and Aeneas/La serva e l'ussero, Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Wagner by the Swan. Wagner by the Swan ? Richard Wagner?s 200th birthday gala celebration, St George?s College, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., McAndrew, F., (2013), Recital with Fiona McAndrew. UWA Lunchtime Concert Series, Octagon Theatre, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., Johns, N., Cassidy, C., (2013), Night's Songs. Royal Schools of Music Club recital, Callaway Auditorium, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), In Principal - WASO principals in recital. In Principal - WASO principals in recital, Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Wickham, D., Millar, A., Byrne, S., (2013), Femmes Fatales - A History. Fringe World Festival, Moon House Tent, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Migratory, Times Past, The Ground of Being, Cobweb Farm, Spaces and Dance set. New Australian Art Song for Low Voice ? World Premiere Concert, Wesley Music Centre, Canberra.
  • Sleptsova, A., Wickham, D., Frosi, S., (2012), Symphonic Dances. Symphonic Dances, Music Auditorium.
  • Wickham, D., Pinto, A., Devenish, L., Tanner, P., (2012), 2 Pianos, 2 Percussion. Percussion Purity, Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia.
  • Wickham, D., Sandercock, L., (2012), Recital with Louise Sandercock. Violin Recital with Louise Sandercock, Callaway Auditorium, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., Nicolson, A., McKay, L., Pasini, G., (2012), Intimate Music. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Harper-Brown, L., (2012), French Song. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Opera Rocks. DivaLicious - Opera Rocks!, Subiaco Arts Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Joondalup Council Chambers, Notre Dame University.
  • Wickham, D., Takeo, M., Leonzini, A., (2012), Alexandra Leonzini presents Anomalistic. Anomalistic, Stage Door, Subiaco, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., Nicholson, A., Lee-Chen, S., (2012), A French Exploration. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Leonzini, A., (2012), 1813 - Wagner and Verdi. 1813 - Wagner and Verdi, Tunley Lecture Theatre, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 parts. 2012 Perth Festival: I Fagiolini - Striggio and Tallis: Music in 40 parts, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Recital for Art Song Perth. Recital for Art Song Perth, Church of the Resurrection, Swanbourne.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), A night of songs with Brett and Kylie Carter. A night of songs with Brett and Kylie Carter, Trinity Uniting Church, Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), James Penberthy Recital - A Retrospective. James Penberthy Recital - A Retrospective, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Royer, E., (2012), Recital with Erin Royer. Recital at the XVI World Saxophone Congress, St Leonard's Auditorium, St Andrews, Scotland.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Recital 2 for Art Song Perth: Messiaen, Schubert. Recital 2, Church of the Resurrection, Swanbourne.
  • Wickham, D., Abate, R., (2011), Recital with Roberto Abate, tenor., St Joseph's Church Subiaco.
  • Wickham, D., Nicholson, A., (2011), ABC Sunday Live broadcast with Andrew Nicholson 2011., Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Campbell, F., (2011), Sunday Live recital with Fiona Campbell. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., Gasser, M., (2011), Bartok Sonata for 2 Pianos and percussion., Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2011), Beethoven Choral Fantasy. Bounteous Beethoven, Winthrop Hall, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., Shinnick, K., McKay, K., Harvey, S., (2011), Mozart Piano Quartet G minor., Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., Nicholson, A., Elton, D., (2011), WAAPA classical music staff concert., Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2011), Der Rose Pilgerfahrt., Callaway Auditorium, UWA.
  • Wickham, D., (2010), Antony and the Johnsons with WASO. Antony and the Johnsons, Perth Concert Hall.
  • Wickham, D., (2010), Australian Heritage songs - Accompanist. ABC Classic FM New Music Up Late, ABC Studios, Sydney.
  • Wickham, D., (2010), The pleasure gardens of Georgian London. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), The Poet Sings - Australian Art Songs. The Poet Sings, Callaway Auditorium, UWA.
  • Paget, J., Wickham, D., (2011), Parisian Salon Historical Recreation. The Parisian Salon, Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts.
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