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MALCOLM PEARCE BMus, FRCO, ARCM, Cert Ed

Born and raised in Bournemouth, Malcolm received his first significant musical education as a Quirister at Winchester College. Following a music scholarship at King’s College, Taunton he took the B Mus course at the Royal College of Music in conjunction with King’s College London, studying organ with Richard Latham and composition with Stephen Dodgson. In his final year he won the Walford Davies prize, the college’s premier award for organ performance. During this time he was also involved as chorus master during the formative years of Gli Amici Della Musica in his home town of Bournemouth. This unique self-governing youth choir and orchestra, which flourished for thirty years, gave many aspiring young musicians opportunities in directing and managing concerts. His career in teaching took him in 1981 to Magdalen College School Oxford as Director of Music, a post he held for 26 years during which he nurtured the talents of many who have gone on to make significant contributions in a wide range of musical fields.

Currently Malcolm is conductor of the choir of Oxford University Press and also mentors the vocal ensemble Monday’s Madrigals. He is harpsichordist with the trio Musical Banquet, whose novel presentation of early music organised around a culinary theme has entertained audiences up and down the country for the past decade. He also appears as pianist with the New Oxford Trio and the Pavlova Quintet, and as continuo and keyboard player with Oxford Sinfonia and Oxford Symphony Orchestra.

As an organist, besides solo recital repertoire and concerto performances, he has also performed modern duo repertoire, such as Eben’s Landscapes of Patmos, with percussionist Keith Fairbairn. Malcolm adjudicates at music festivals and has lectured on musical topics for local branches of the National Trust and other organisations.

Malcolm’s compositions are published by Hop Vine Music, Camden Music and Oxford University Press. He is also the author of Bournemouth, No.6 in the Trolleybus Classics series published by Middleton Press. CDs of organ music, recorded at home on his Makin organ, are released on his own Larigot label.

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Forthcoming performances:

2017
Thursday 26 October, evening
St Frideswide's, Oxford
Monday 11 December, 1pm
St Michael in the Northgate, Oxford
Traditional Mince Pyes Concert
with Monday's Madrigals
2018
Thursday 25 January, 1.30pm
Harris-Manchester College Chapel
Monday 12 February, 3pm
Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin
Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm
Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon
Wednesday 18 April, 1.15pm
St Peter's Church, Bournemouth
Sunday 13 May, 3.30pm
St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon

Performances

Monday 30 October, 1pm
St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Chamber music with members of
Pavlova wind quintet (piano)

Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Jericho, Oxford
Handel's 'Samson' with OUP Choir,
Oxford Sinfonia and Soloists (conductor)

Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Banbury
Haydn's 'Creation' with Banbury CS
and Oxford Sinfonia (continuo)