Barry N. Walmsley

Barry Walmsley, lecturer in piano and voice at Avondale College from 1986 to 1990, is known for and has been honored on two different occasions for his work on behalf of Trinity College (London) in Australia. The first honor occurred when HRH The Duke of Kent, at a ceremony in London's Wigmore Hall in 1995, awarded Walmsley and three other persons Honorary Membership in Trinity College, London. He was the only honoree from outside the UK and was cited for his "significant contribution to the development of Trinity College in Australia and to excellence in music education and performance."

At that time he had been working for TC in Australia since 1990. In 1998, Walmsley was appointed TCL State Manager, and in 2000 he became National Manager. He was honored again in 2002 in London, when he received The Chairman's Award from Lord Geddes, Chair of the Board of Governors.

Walmsley is well known in Australia as a music educator, conductor, pianist, voice teacher, adjudicator, speaker, writer, administrator, and onetime music critic for the Newcastle Herald, Australia's largest daily regional newspaper. He has served as musical director for a number of productions and events. Most recently, he was music director for the 2004 production of Jekyll and Hyde and for a Tsunami Benefit Concert.

Walmsley was music director for the Southport School in Queensland's Gold Coast for nearly five years. He was appointed Director of Music at the King's School, Sydney (Australia's oldest independent school) in 2005.

He completed a DSCM in piano with Sharon Raschke, Eunice Gardiner, and Gordon Watson, and in organ with Robert Ampt through the New South Wales Conservatorium.

Walmsley is a member of several professional organizations, including the Australian Society for Music Education; Music Teachers’ Association of NSW; Guild of Church Musicians (United Kingdom, Australian Advisory Council), Royal School of Church Music; and the Australian National Choral Association. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.


Sources: Information provided by Barry Walmsley, 2008; Biographies found online.