A brilliantly inventive cantata for massed choirs and band, incorporating catchy tunes, toe-tapping shanties and some touching musical moments which is engaging and accessible. I loved every second of it!
— Ben Parry, conductor of National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

What is Ahoy?

Ahoy is a sequence of choral arrangements of songs from the time of King Henry VIII, sea shanties plus an original song by L’Estrange, Full Fathom Five.

What is it scored for?

SATB choir, unison children’s choir, jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, accordion & violin)

Do I need to have a jazz quintet to perform it?

Yes but you don’t need to find the musicians yourself. You can hire Alexander L’Estrange’s Call Me Al Quintet. For more information, send us a message via the Contact page.

I’m interested, show me the music!

You can view the vocal score in full here.

What does my choir need and how much does it cost?

You need a set of vocal scores and a set of band parts to perform Ahoy! which are published by Faber Music. If your performance is taking place in the UK, please see the information below. If you're outside the UK, please email marketing@fabermusic.com who will be able to able to assist you. 

Vocal Scores may be hired at a cost of £2.75 per copy, per month. This includes a licence for one performance. The fee for each additional month of hire is £1 per copy. Copies for use in a workshop (singing day) can be hired for £1.30 per copy. Vocal scores are also available for purchase for Faber Music or your local music retailer. The RRP is £9.99 per copy. 

The Instrumental Score & Parts are only available for hire at a cost of £240 per month. This includes a licence for one performance. The fee for each additional month of hire is £45. An additional perfromance is £90.

A Children's Choir Part, complete with rehearsal audio is available to download.

If you need to take any of  this information away to discuss with your choir or committee, simply download the organiser's pack below.



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Is there anything to help my choir learn the piece?

Yes, part-learning tracks for the SATB choir are available from the CD/Download Store.

Workshop Opportunities

Why not book Alexander L’Estrange to come and work with your SATB choir and/or children’s choir prior to your performance? For more information see the Workshop Leader page. 

Where has Ahoy! been performed, and how many times?


If you're unsure about anything we'll be glad to help. Just send us a message.