Graeme Lyall (AM) can rightly be described as an icon in the Australian music industry. Graeme has a long and illustrious career as an internationally recognised saxophonist arranger, composer, musical director, mentor and university lecturer. As Artistic Director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, Graeme has guided WAYJO to become the top Youth Jazz Orchestra in Australia. AS well as his WAYJO commitments, Graeme lectures in Composition and Arranging part time at Edith Cowan University, performs nationally, records CD’s, writes original compositions for Australia Council, WA Symphony Orchestra and Generations in Jazz, and encourages and inspires the young composers from WAAPA and WAYJO.
Graeme commenced his professional career in Melbourne at the age of 17. Within five years he was appointed to a position with the TCN 9 Orchestra as a musician and arranger for great artists including Bobby Limb, Dave Allen, Don Lane, John Laws and Stuart Wagstaff. Graeme has performed/ arranged/ conducted for a who's who of Australian talent. He was a member of groups such as the Daly-Wilson band and the Tommy Tycho Orchestra. In the latter capacity he performed for the Queen at the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973 and just over a decade later was the Musical Director for the Royal Gala Concert in the Melbourne Concert Hall during the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Accolades include writing the winning arrangement at the Yamaha International Song Festival four times between 1974 and 1979; arranging and composing television themes such as "Willesee"- and “Special Squad"; composing, arranging and conducting the music for RFL and AFL Grand Finals and winning the Australian Writers and Art Directors Guild Award for the Best Music for a Television Commercial in 1987.
High profile engagements include performing as the Musical Director for the Don Lane Show, Logie Awards, Carols by Candlelight and Hey Hey It's Saturday. He has composed and arranged for recordings for Olivia Newton-John, Debra Byrne, Colleen Hewitt and Normie Rowe and a plethora of visiting overseas artists including Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones and Roger Woodward.
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