Renowned Jazz Vocalist and Pianist

Pete Churchill

with a guest appearance by the


5.15pm – 6.15pm SATURDAY 8th MAY

A joyful hour with the renowned jazz vocalist and pianist Pete Churchill, as he demonstrates just how much “good songs don’t need to be diluted, revamped or arranged to death – they will sing themselves if you let them”.

Renowned also as a Choir director, composer and educator, 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. 

Pete was a member of both Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects and was Mark Murphy’s U.K. accompanist for fifteen years, and more recently conducted the 80th birthday tour of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band and the album, The Long Waiting. Now Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Pete was awarded the 2007 Parliamentary Award for services to Jazz Education. He works extensively as a singer, pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, song-writer, and as a musical director in London’s West End. In 2012 – over forty years after having started work on his lyricisation of “Miles Ahead” – the legendary singer and master of vocalise Jon Hendricks began to collaborate closely with Pete and his choir, London Vocal Project, who, brought his creative dream to life, with assistance from Quincy Jones, at it’s sell out performances in New York and London 2017.

With a special guest appearance from the JazzFest Choir!

Pete will be performing on the Festival Yamaha grand piano, with our grateful thanks to Chamberlains Music.

Tickets £12/£10 Guildford Jazz Members/£6 Students , available online here or from the Box Office on 01483 501200. If you’re a Weekend or Day pass holder then select the ‘Guildford Jazzfest – Seat Booking for pass holder’ option when you book your ticket. Click here  to buy a Weekend or Day Pass to get the best value access to all events.


Enjoy the quintessential English afternoon tea before the performance, with fruit and scones served with butter jam and clotted cream, teas and coffee. £5 Book tea here