1.45 pm to 6.15pm Saturday 8th May 2021

Afternoon Workshop followed by Cream Tea and Concert

Come and Sing Jazz! An afternoon workshop exploring jazz singing through groove-based harmonies, led by the inspirational musical director and internationally recognised choir leader, Pete Churchill.

You don’t need any previous singing experience or an ability to read music, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new. Songs will be taught by ear, so no sight-singing skills are required, and the workshop is open to all, from the novice to the experienced choir singer.

Pete Churchill is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and teaches and leads choirs on courses around the world, as well as being an active jazz singer-pianist, and accompanist to jazz artists such Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan.

The workshop will be held at the Community Centre of St Nicolas’ Church, a short walk from the Theatre, and will followed by a cream tea at the Theatre (optional extra, see below), before you take to the stage to perform the workshop songs as part of the “Pete Churchill Sings Jazz” concert. Directions and full registration details will be sent on confirmation of your booking.

The combined fee for the workshop and to take part in the concert is £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 students.

Audience member tickets for the Pete Churchill Sings Jazz concert are available separately here

Click below to book a place on the workshop via the online booking system, or if you have any questions please email us at . Please note that if you’re a Weekend or Day pass holder then after you’ve clicked “Book Now” on the booking page then just select the ‘Guildford Jazzfest – Seat Booking for pass holder’ option (click here  to buy a Weekend or Day Pass to get the best value access to all events!).

+ Cream tea

The quintessential English afternoon tea for a vital pick-me up between rehearsal and performance! Fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee .

Book your cream tea here

Originally trained in Canada, Pete Churchill has been based in England since 1985. Having completed almost twenty years teaching at the Guildhall School of Music, he is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.

His busy freelance career has included work as diverse as a year in the West End as a Musical Director of Five Guys named Moe, almost a decade and a half as the British accompanist for the legendary jazz-singer Mark Murphy and the conductor of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band.

As a performer Pete has been featured at many festivals internationally working as a singer, pianist and conductor. He has been a member of both Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects, travelled extensively as Mark Murphy’s accompanist and has collaborated with, amongst others, Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmann, John Taylor, Cleveland Watkiss, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Wellins and Tina May. He has also released several critically acclaimed jazz albums under his own name.

As an educator and choral director, Pete is very much in demand in Europe, the Far East and Australia and is recognised as being at the forefront of Jazz education in this country, receiving the Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz Education in 2007. Pete has also established a national reputation for his work with Primary schools and Music Services all over the country, resulting in regular performances of his ‘Groove’ Oratorios at the Albert Hall – combining massed Primary school choirs with Youth Orchestras and guest soloists from the worlds of Jazz and Musical Theatre. Much of Pete’s time now is taken up with directing his own choir ‘The London Vocal Project’. In addition to high profile performances with Cleo Laine, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler and, most recently Bobby McFerrin, this seminal ensemble of young singer/workshop leaders regularly join Pete on his massive educational projects and they are fast gaining a reputation, under his guidance, as the next generation of gifted educators