Alexander L'Estrange - inspiring the world to sing
Alexander L’Estrange’s community works (i.e. Zimbe!, Ahoy!, Song Cycle, ZadokRules, Wassail!), sacred anthems and secular songs are performed
all over the world
One of the world’s most sought-after choral arrangers, Alexander L’Estrange writes for top vocal ensembles including The King’s Singers and is consultant editor of Faber Music's Choral Basics series
Zimbe! is 10 years old and 200 performances later came Freedom!
Brand new publication: Freedom! The Power of Song
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the latest piece in the popular series for SATB chorus, unison children’s choir and instrumental quintet: Freedom! The Power of Song was jointly composed by Alexander L’Estrange & Joanna Forbes L’Estrange to mark four important historical landmarks in 2018: 100 years since the end of WW1; 100 years since some women first won the right to vote; 50 years since American Civil Rights movement; 25 years since the Baltic Revolution .This powerful new work celebrates the important role communal singing has played throughout history, bringing people together in solidarity at times of upheaval, struggle and change. The piece comprises original songs by Alexander and Joanna as well as arrangements of classic songs such as We shall not be moved, We shall overcome and How can I keep from singing? It promises to bring the whole community together in a joyous and heartfelt celebration of the power of song.
The piece was commissioned by Jeremy Backhouse for Salisbury Community Choir which premiered on 3rd November 2018 in Winchester Cathedral.
Winner of Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM
We are delighted to announce that Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy has won the Music Teacher Award for Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018. (Pictured: Alexander L’Estrange with his award). Huge thanks to Catherine Barker and all at United Learning for commissioning the piece and to all of the thousands of school children who performed it last Christmas. If you’d like to programme it with your choir this Christmas click here to find out how.
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