MCE Tertiary Symposium

Greetings from the Young Choral Academy!

Dear Singers, Choral Conductors/Teachers and Friends,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your continuous support in our 2015’s choral program. This will be another exciting and busy year of choral activities as part of our mission to provide a platform for the development of choral music/singing in Malaysia.

I am very excited to invite your choir to the 13th Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2015 (Tertiary Symposium) for singers and choirs from Malaysian universities, colleges and institutes of higher education. This symposium addresses the growing interest and aims to encourage further development of choral activities within the higher education sector to a higher artistic level. Together with your participation and support from our panel of international tutors, juries, teachers and our administrative team, the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfodd (MCE) has now evolved to include an extensive series of national choral outreach programs and has reached out to over few thousand singers over the years.

The 2015 MCE (Tertiary Symposium) will take place at the University of Malaya (UM). The festival this year will take on an exciting Vocal Jazz programme, and we are extremely pleased to have Pete Churchill (UK), an eminent Jazz performer, educator, clinician and founder of The London Vocal Project, as our visiting Guest Conductor.

For registration, please find attached some useful information about the event and the
application forms, which are to be completed and returned to us by Tuesday, 10th March 2015.

I look forward for your favorable reply and in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with us with us for further enquiries or clarification.

Thank You.

Susanna Saw
Music Director, Young Choral Academy (YCA)
Co-Founder, The Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE)


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The 2015 MCE Tertiary Symposium

  • Date: 11th April – 12th April 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
  • Venue: SJK (C) Yuk Chai
  • Time: Please refer to the attached schedule
  • The Symposium is open to singers and choirs from Malaysian universities/colleges/institutions of higher learning
  • Symposium fee: RM 106 per participant(*Early Bird RM85)
  • Kindly enclose payment with the registration form by our Closing Deadline: Tuesday 10th March, 2015.
  • Applications received 28th February 2015, are entitled to an early-bird discount in the Festival Fee.
  • Payment can be made by CASH or CHEQUE only.
  • Cheques should be made payable to “Young Choral Academy Sdn. Bhd.”
  • Participants are to wear decent and appropriate clothing throughout the festival.
  • NO shorts, miniskirts, slippers, flip-flops are allowed. The organizers reserve the right to refuse entry should there be a violation of the regulations.
  • Participants can wear their choir t-shirt, blue jeans and sports shoes for the Closing Concert on 12th April, Sunday.
Food and drink
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner on Saturday 11th & Lunch on Sunday 12th April) will be made available through our MCE Meal Package and is sold separately at RM32 per pax. We encourage all Festival participants to purchase this.
  • Please bring your own bottled water.

Please send all completed applications by Tuesday, 10th March 2015 to:
The 13th Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod 2015
c/o Young Choral Academy
114A Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, TTDI
60 000 Kuala Lumpur

* Applications received before 28th February 2015 are entitled to an early-bird discount in the Festival Fee


MCE Tertiary Symposium Schedule 2015*

Guest Tutor Pete Churchill (UK)
11th April (Saturday) 9.30am Registration
10am Session 1
11.45am Break
12.00pm Session 2
1.15pm Lunch
2.00pm Lumchtime Concert
2.45pm Session 3
4.00pm Break
4.15pm Workshop on Jazz Music
5.30pm Session 4
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Evening Concert – ‘Voichestra’ Concert
9.30pm Good night!
12th April (Sunday) 10.00am Session 5
11.15am Break
11.30am Session 6
12.30pm Lunch
1.15pm Full run for Closing Concert
2.30pm Standby for Concert
3.00pm Festival Closing Concert
5.00pm Bye!

* Subject to changes


Guest Conductor Biography

Pete Churchill (UK)

Pete ChurchillOriginally trained in Canada, Pete 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’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 and recently conducted the 80th birthday tour of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band – culminating in a critically acclaimed new album, The Long Waiting.

As an educator and choral director, Pete is very much in demand abroad – teaching regularly in Australia (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne), including a spell as visiting Professor at the Kodaly Summer School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He has given Jazz workshops for the ABRSM in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) and closer to home he has been a guest lecturer at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Each summer brings regular courses in France, Spain and Italy.

Nearer to home Pete is recognised as being at the forefront of Jazz education in this country – he received the Parliamentary Award for Services to Jazz Education in 2007 and this year he has been nominated yet again. Pete has also established a national reputation for his work with Primary schools all over the country. He develops strong relationships with Music Services over several years and this results 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. They are soon to record Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Mirrors’ suite of poetry settings with Norma Winstone and the great man himself. Pete is married to the jazz pianist, Nikki Iles, has three children and lives in Bedfordshire.


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