Header ImageThe 2018 Guildford Spring Music Festival Jazz Day is on March 17th at Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street. Supported and organised by Guildford Jazz, the day includes a lunchtime big band concert , and Come and Sing Jazz workshop and an evening performance with the renowned jazz vocalist and pianist Pete Churchill,


The George Abbott School Big Band

The George Abbot Big BandA set of classic big band music from the talented young musicians of the George Abbot School Big Band, directed by Atalia Fuller. Tickets £12, available from the Guildford Tourist Information Office. Tel: 01483 444334 or online here.

2pm-5pm COME AND SING!


Guildford Spring Music Festival and Guildford Jazz are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to take part in a vocal workshop and concert with one of the country’s finest jazz choral directors.

Acclaimed jazz vocalist, pianist and inspirational educator, Pete Churchill is Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and runs the Jazz Choir at Trinity College of Music as well as directing the London Jazz Vocal Project.

The workshop will take place in the afternoon in the beautiful acoustics of Holy Trinity Church and as a choir you will have the opportunity to perform the pieces you have rehearsed as part the evening’s public concert.

Pete received the Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz Education in 2007 and is an inspiring and charismatic director. You don’t need any previous jazz singing experience or an ability to read music, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new! A booking fee of £5 is payable by cheque or cash on the day.

To book a place on the workshop or for more information please email: or call Marianne on 07725 109890.



and Jazz Choir

A highlight of the 2018 Music Festival, not to be missed!

The renowned jazz vocalist Pete Churchill is joined by his quartet featuring Julian Nicholas on Tenor Sax and the Jazz Workshop Choir.

Featuring: Pete Churchill – vocals and piano, Julian Nicholas – tenor sax, Dave Wickens – drums, Marianne Windham – double bass

Tickets for the concert are £18 and are available from the Guildford Tourist Information Office on 01483 444334 or online here




Pete Churchill croppedPete’s 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. He travelled extensively as Mark Murphy’s accompanist and has collaborated with Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmann, John Taylor, Cleveland Watkiss, Julian Arguelles, Bobby Wellins and Tina May, and released several critically acclaimed jazz albums under his own name.

After 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.

He regularly teaches in Australia, has given Jazz workshops for the ABRSM in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and has been a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Each summer brings regular courses in France, Spain and Italy.

He received the Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz Education in 2007 . His ‘groove oratorios’ for massed choir, orchestra and big band have been performed by school music services across the country, including the Albert Hall.