Biographies

The ensemble Musical Banquet was formed at the end of 2006 by Malcolm Pearce, keyboard specialist and multi-instrumentalist, formerly Director of Music at Magdalen College School, Oxford; Tricia McLaughlin, professional teacher of classical guitar and an accomplished Lutenist, Gambist and Viol player and Adrian Boorman, a Countertenor studying on the Advanced Vocal Performance course at the Birmingham Conservatoire. The trio had already worked with each other on previous occasions and it seemed a natural progression to combine their skills and enthusiasm for Early Music into a group who could take ‘authentic’ performance out to a wider audience with vigour and vitality.


Malcolm Pearce, Harpsichord.
Malcolm Pearce was born in Bournemouth and studied at King�s College, London and the Royal College of Music where he won the Walford Davies prize for organ performance in his final year. He was Director of Music at Magdalen College School Oxford for many years, a post he recently relinquished in order to pursue a variety of musical projects. He has directed various choral societies and orchestras and is in regular demand as a recitalist, accompanist, continuo player, and for directing workshops. He has a growing list of musical topics on which he lectures for local branches of the National Trust. His compositions have been published, recorded and broadcast on Radio 3.


Tricia McLaughlin Viola da Gamba / Treble Viol
After studying for her degree,Tricia travelled widely in pursuit of different music cultures. She has taken part in concerts in such diverse locations as Marseille and Sydney, Casablanca and Canterbury, Rome, where she appeared on Spazio (the Italian Television network) and at the Banana Boat Club, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Tricia's musical interests are wide ranging, playing both classical and electric guitar in the London based duo 'Take Two'. She is a highly experienced lutenist, specialising in accompanying singers in both renaissance and Tudor music. From her home in South Oxfordshire,Tricia teaches and mentors aspiring young musicians, and when not playing music, she works as a Professional Life Coach, helping people achieve their dreams.


Adrian Boorman Countertenor
Shortly after disposing of his first nappy Adrian joined a large Parish Church choir as a probationer treble, quickly developing a passion for the English Choral Tradition, and, thanks to a voice which steadfastly refused to break, became Head Chorister at the ripe old age of 16.When nature finally took its course, his voice merely settled and dropped a bit and so another countertenor was born!

Since then, Adrian�s musical career has blossomed to encompass a variety of operatic and concert stage performances, specialising in recitals of Renaissance and Baroque music. In addition to regular appearances with the Oxfordshire a capella male voice group, St James Singers, he frequently sings at charity fundraising events, performing in 2005at the Du pre Hall, Oxford in aid of Music for Autism, and competes regularly in music festivals, with numerous distinctions and class wins to his credit. Adrian was runner up in the Wantage vocal championship in 2005 & 2006 and with Tricia Mc Laughlin won the Early Music prize at last year�s Oxford Music Festival. He is now a member of the internationally renowned London choir, OSJ voices, under Chorus Master Jeremy Jackman and Artistic Director John Lubbock.

In his spare time, and with the support of his ever-patient wife, Adrian indulges his passion for drinking malt whisky and flying his own light aircraft � though NOT at the same time!