Reviews

“Alexander L’Estrange is a many-sided composer of prodigious gifts and this is an album I will return to again and again … one gorgeous piece after another, in pristine, dew-fresh performances by the ever-wonderful Tenebrae.”
Choral legend John Rutter (of “On Eagles’ Wings” disc)

 “It is unusual and deeply gratifying to find a ‘voice’ like Alexander L’Estrange’s… Approachable, highly popular but, at the same time, beautifully crafted and full of integrity … this is the music of someone steeped in a great tradition since childhood, bringing new life and creative vigour to what he so loves and understands.”  
Conductor Simon Halsey (“On Eagles’ Wings”)

“If you had to create from scratch the perfect 21st-century musician, Alexander L’Estrange would be your template”
Howard Goodall CBE

“L’Estrange’s [sacred choral] works add a jazz-infused chordal depth and a roving harmonic eye to Howells’s declamatory muscularity and modal palette. It’s attractive, approachable music. This is sacred music written to be used.”
Gramophone Magazine, Alexandra Coghlan, June 2016

Alexander L’Estranges stylish jazz arrangements have quickly become a staple part of our close harmony repertoire,and are always well-received at our concerts as we travel around the world.” The King’s Singers

“As a serial commissioner of choral works over many years, it is a real pleasure and honour to engage in a collaboration of such quality with Alexander L’Estrange. His ‘Reflection’ on the Credo from Byrd’s 5-Part Mass, entitled Show me, deare Christ, is a mini-masterpiece. An enormous amount of research and thinking, not to mention creative genius, went into the crafting of this work, which we have recorded on Ora’s debut album. Alexander’s knowledge of choral singing combined with his musicological scholarship and sense of style and balance combine to enshrine this work lastingly in the choral repertoire. His choice of text was inspired. Alexander embarked on this project with passion, commitment and brilliant inventiveness. I have no doubt audiences will be mesmerised by this work. I hope I’m lucky enough to commission this preeminent choral composer again.”
Suzi Digby OBE

“Alexander L’Estrange’s delicious arrangements go naughtily off-piste and the CD, all a cappella, is superb”
The Times, The King’s Singers “Great American Songbook” CD

Alexander has a rapport with young performers which is rare and charismatic.His sympathy for and understanding of an extremely wide variety of musical styles and traditions makes him a superb communicator and musical director. He is a wicked bass and piano player and does the best vocal warm-ups in the world. Plus he’s really nice, very generous with his time and effort, and delightfully unstuffy and modest about his musical brilliance.”
Howard Goodall CBE

“Thank you so much for filling us and all the other singers with swing within a couple of seconds during the King´s Singers Summer School.Your charismatic attitude, the profound teaching and your dedication to music and particularly to swing music made your class quite extraordinary and a real pleasure.” King´s Singers Summer School

“Alexander L’Estrange is a great and innovative arranger, surely one of the best we have around.
All of his arrangements are worth singing.”
Music Teacher Magazine

“Can I just say what a privilege it was to work with Alexander this morning. My children were raving about it on the coach home. They already knew Siyahamba, but the other songs were new to us and I was very impressed with how quickly my children picked up the words and the ‘vibe’ Alexander wanted. Please pass on my thanks to Alexander, too  – he’s such an inspiring and engaging teacherTeacher, Ardingly College

“Alexander’s patience, inspiration and energy were outstanding and it was particularly pleasing to be able to use his arrangements and hear them performed by some 250 pupils for both years. The teachers were impressed with the quality of the performance after just one day’s rehearsals. Indeed, for both events the choice of songs was pitched exactly right and there were a lot of happy faces at the end of the day.”
Simon Williams, Director of Music, Wellington College

 

 

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