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Mr David Wickham


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9370 6801, Mobile: 0417 012451, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.221
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6801
Mobile: 0417 012451
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.221  


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.


  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, National Registered Provider, 2016.
  • Bachelor Of Science with Honours, England, 1988.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Wickham, D., (2016), Critical edition of selected songs by Fritz Bennicke Hart. Fritz Bennicke Hart: Collected songs in 4 volumes, Wirripang, worldwide distribution, Wirripang.
  • Wickham, D., (2016), Critical edition of selected songs by James Penberthy. James Penberthy: Collected songs: Volumes I and II, Wirripang, worldwide distribution, Wirripang.
  • Wickham, D., (2016), Critical edition of Isaiah 55 by Phyllis Batchelor. Phyllis Batchelor: Isaiah 55: for soprano solo, women's voices and piano, Wirripang, worldwide distribution, Wirripang.
  • Wickham, D., (2016), Critical edition of the collected songs of Meta Overman. Meta Overman: Collected songs 1932-1960: for medium to high voice and Inde Soete Suikerbol, Wirripang, worldwide distribution, Wirripang.
  • Wickham, D., (2016), Critical edition of the complete early songs of John Antill. John Antill: Collected early songs 1926-1941: for medium to high voice, Wirripang, worldwide distribution, Wirripang.
  • Wickham, D., Armstrong, J., (2015), Czardas & Walzer., Shipley Festival, England, Shipley Festival.
  • Wickham, D., (2014), The Magic Flute - West Australian Opera 2014. The Magic Flute, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA Opera.
  • 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, Government House Foundation.
  • Wickham, D., McAndrew, F., (2014), Sunday Live with Fiona McAndrew. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, ABC Studios, Perth, ABC Classic FM.
  • Wickham, D., Sleptsova, A., Gilling, G., (2014), Debussy Preludes. St Paul's Chamber Series, John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.
  • Wickham, D., Harper-Brown, L., (2014), SwanSongs Lisa Harper-Brown. SwanSongs Lisa Harper-Brown, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • Wickham, D., (2014), SwanSongs Alexander Lewis. SwanSongs Alexander Lewis, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • 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, David Wickham, Stone Records.
  • Wickham, D., Gasteen, L., (2014), SwanSongs Lisa Gasteen. SwanSongs Lisa Gasteen, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • 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, Tim White, David Wickham and WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., Webb, K., (2013), Swansongs Katja Webb. SwanSongs, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • 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, XIX National ASME Conference.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Little Women. Little Women, Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), An Intimate Evening with DivaLicious. 2013 Fremantle Festival, Victoria Hall, Fremantle, Daisy Productions, Cabaret Cadenza, Fremantle Festival.
  • Wickham, D., Macliver, S., (2013), Swansongs Sara Macliver. SwanSongs, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Wagner by the Swan. Wagner by the Swan ? Richard Wagner?s 200th birthday gala celebration, St George?s College, UWA, Richard Wagner Society of Western Australia.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), In Principal - WASO principals in recital. In Principal - WASO principals in recital, Fremantle Arts Centre, WASE, FAC.
  • Wickham, D., Yurisich, G., (2013), SwanSongs Gregory Yurisich. City of Perth Winter Arts Festival, Perth Town Hall, David Wickham.
  • Wickham, D., (2013), Dido and Aeneas/La serva e l'ussero. Dido and Aeneas/La serva e l'ussero, Music Auditorium, WAAPA, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., McAndrew, F., (2013), Recital with Fiona McAndrew. UWA Lunchtime Concert Series, Octagon Theatre, UWA, UWA School of Music.
  • Wickham, D., Millar, A., Byrne, S., (2013), Femmes Fatales - A History. Fringe World Festival, Moon House Tent, Perth, Cabaret Souffle, Fringe World.
  • Wickham, D., White, T., (2013), An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. The World of George Gershwin, Music Auditorium, WAAPA, WAAPA.
  • Wickham, D., Johns, N., Cassidy, C., (2013), Night's Songs. Royal Schools of Music Club recital, Callaway Auditorium, UWA, Royal Schools of Music Club.
  • 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, Kylie Carter.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Recital for Art Song Perth. Recital for Art Song Perth, Church of the Resurrection, Swanbourne, Art Song Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Opera Rocks. DivaLicious - Opera Rocks!, Subiaco Arts Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Joondalup Council Chambers, Notre Dame University, Daisy Productions & Cabaret Cadenza.
  • Wickham, D., Takeo, M., Leonzini, A., (2012), Alexandra Leonzini presents Anomalistic. Anomalistic, Stage Door, Subiaco, Perth, Stage Door.
  • Wickham, D., Nicolson, A., McKay, L., Pasini, G., (2012), Intimate Music. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall, ABC Classic FM.
  • Wickham, D., Harper-Brown, L., (2012), French Song. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall, ABC Classic FM.
  • Wickham, D., Sandercock, L., (2012), Recital with Louise Sandercock. Violin Recital with Louise Sandercock, Callaway Auditorium, UWA, Australian Music Examination Board.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), Recital 2 for Art Song Perth: Messiaen, Schubert. Recital 2, Church of the Resurrection, Swanbourne, Art Song Perth.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), James Penberthy Recital - A Retrospective. James Penberthy Recital - A Retrospective, Perth Town Hall, Janus Entertainment.
  • Wickham, D., Pinto, A., Devenish, L., Tanner, P., (2012), 2 Pianos, 2 Percussion. Percussion Purity, Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia, University of Western Australia.
  • Sleptsova, A., Wickham, D., Frosi, S., (2012), Symphonic Dances. Symphonic Dances, Music Auditorium.
  • Wickham, D., Royer, E., (2012), Recital with Erin Royer. Recital at the XVI World Saxophone Congress, St Leonard's Auditorium, St Andrews, Scotland, XVI World Saxophone Congress.
  • Wickham, D., Leonzini, A., (2012), 1813 - Wagner and Verdi. 1813 - Wagner and Verdi, Tunley Lecture Theatre, UWA, Wagner Society of WA.
  • 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, Perth International Arts Festival.
  • Wickham, D., Nicholson, A., Lee-Chen, S., (2012), A French Exploration. ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, Perth Town Hall, ABC Classic FM.
  • Wickham, D., Dundas, S., Eastman, D., (2016), A.B. "Banjo" Paterson songs. A.B. "Banjo" Paterson songs, Recorded at WAAPA, Bernard Eastman.
  • Wickham, D., Webb, K., Meyer, A., Facer, P., (2016), Monday's Child (Australian Art Songs vol. 3). Monday's Child, Stone Records (UK), Stone Records/David Wickham.
  • Wickham, D., (2012), The Poet Sings - Australian Art Songs. The Poet Sings, Callaway Auditorium, UWA, Stone Records.
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