Section Leader, Percussion
Adopted by Mr WJ and Mrs CJ Bowley
Born in New Zealand, from a young age Graham benefited from New Zealand's rich musical education system, playing with the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In 1975, at the age of 19, Graham was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Hobart, Australia, the youngest ever Principal player in the country at that time. In 1983 Graham was appointed as Section Leader Percussion of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Hearing my brother torture a violin. I joined to guitar club at aged 6 and began piano lessons aged 10. Later I began cello lessons and 'graduated' to the timpani during high school.
What is your most memorable moment with the Orchestra so far?
Playing Gitamalya for Marimba and Orchestra by Takemitsu live on Radio 3, or maybe playing the complete Vaughn Williams Symphonies with Vernon Handley, or should I say the Shostakovich Symphonies with Petrenko, or...when shall I stop?!
If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
Anything of an outdoor nature. I love vegetable gardening and chopping wood. I was going to be an architect at one point, but got my big break at 19 winning the Principal Timpani position in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, where I stayed for 3 enjoyable years before moving to Amsterdam.
Thu 26 - Fri 27 September 2019 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Following on from their hugely successful tour in 2017/18, the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the nation's premier Beatles group, The Bootleg Beatles, join forces once again to deliver a Beatles experience like no other.
Friday 11 October 2019 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Get ready to recreate the magical 70’s in this musical journey straight to the heart of disco. Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic.