Malcolm Tattersall as musician and teacher

  • This CV was compiled for my older website and is preserved here (gently updated in Feb 2021) primarily as part of my professional history. This page deals better with my more recent activities in writing and photography.

Malcolm Tattersall was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, and grew up in country Victoria. He worked for a few years in communications engineering and computing in Melbourne before commencing studies in music at Melbourne University in 1976. After a decade teaching recorder in Melbourne, he moved to Townsville, North Queensland, with his family in 1990.

Although he was primarily a teacher and performer for twenty-five years and is still actively involved in music, writing has been a regular activity for almost as long and has become a major part of his life.

Music – performance, teaching and composition

Malcolm was one of the foundation recorder students at Melbourne University. As an undergraduate there he also studied composition with Barry Conyngham and Peter Tahourdin.

He maintained an active interest in composing and arranging, especially for woodwinds, and established Cootamundra Music in 1982 to publish his music. His performing and compositional activities came together in 2002 in his first CD, Music for Reflection. He has been broadcast as both performer and composer by ABC Classic FM and ABC local radio 4QN. He is a writer member of APRA and has been represented by the Australian Music Centre  since 2003.

He has taught recorder, flute, saxophone and clarinet in Townsville schools and privately, and has performed regularly in ensembles including Blue Moon and baroque chamber group The Telemann Ensemble (recorder and flute). He has also sung with the Oratorio Choir (1993-97 and again in 2006) and project choirs (e.g. Faure Requiem, 2020), and played baritone sax in the Stokes-Nicholson Big Band, 1997-2004.

Amongst other activities he instigated the formation of the North Queensland Recorder Society in the mid-1990s and a long-running concert series presented by the local Community Music Centre.

He contributed regularly to The Recorder, the de facto national journal for Early Music, from its first issue in 1984, going on to edit it and to write for many other music journals including The Australian Music Teacher and Sounds Australian. His reviewing gradually extended beyond the recorder and early music sphere to cover a wide variety of classical CDs for Music & Vision (online, London-based) and Music Forum (print, Australian), and then to book reviewing and beyond.  For more about his writing, please visit this page.

Editorial work

Publisher of Australian music for recorders, trading as Cootamundra Music, since 1982.
Editor of The Recorder, journal of the Victorian Recorder Guild, 1989-93.
Consultant and a syllabus writer for major revision of AMEB recorder syllabuses, 1984-90.


Even a minimally representative list of Malcolm’s publications is quite long, so each category has its own page:

  • Published music (compositions, arrangements and editions) is listed here.
  • A select list of published articles on music and other reviews of CDs, sheet music and concerts is here with links to examples on this site or elsewhere.
  • CD reviews for Music & Vision are all here with links to them on the M&V site.
  • General book reviews are all listed here.


Email: write to malcolm_tatt* by replacing the underscore with a dot and the asterisk with the familiar curly a symbol.


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