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Scroll down to browse Christmas music written by Alexander L'Estrange and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange.  

 
 
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Wassail Carols of Comfort and Joy

by Alexander L'Estrange

***Winner of Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018 at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence***

Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy is a sequence of 12 uplifting folk-inspired Christmas songs, exploring both sacred and secular aspects of the festive season. Including such favourites as The Sussex Carol, Gaudete and The holly and the ivy, Wassail! continues the highly popular series by Alexander L’Estrange of 40-minute choral works for SATB, unison children’s choir and jazz quintet. This vocal score is arranged with a piano reduction part.

The CD also includes The Twyford Carols, Love came down at Christmas and Song of the Angels and features The Swingles.

 
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The Twyford Carols

By Alexander L'Estrange and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Commissioned by Twyford School in Hampshire, The Twyford Carols by Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange comprises four uplifting and heartwarming Christmas songs for unison/2-part children’s choir and piano accompaniment.

The jazzy and joyous Rejoice, rejoice! and its reprise, which feature clapping and optional percussion, frame two charming carols Save the world and Come and see. With touching lyrics based on the Christmas story and signing specially devised by Paul Whittaker OBE, The Twyford Carols is perfect for school Christmas concerts and carol services.

4 carols for upper voices, piano & percussion

 

Advent ‘O’ Carol

By Joanna Forbes L’Estrange

Advent “O” Carol is inspired by the text and chants of the seven Christmas “O” Antiphons which traditionally would have been sung in the days immediately preceding Christmas (known as the Greater Ferias). The “O” refrain, which opens the piece and reoccurs between each of the seven verses, is based on the opening melodic chant of the Medieval antiphons, its 7/8 time signature reinforcing the piece’s connection to the number seven. Ignoring the “O”, the first letter of each verse forms an acrostic which, when reversed, spells ERO CRAS, Latin for “I shall be (with you) tomorrow”. I have reworded this as “Tomorrow I will come” for the final resolution of the piece.

Depending on the size and ability of your choir, there is scope to divide the singers into those who sing the refrains (the ‘ripieno’ SSATB) and a solo SATB quartet to sing the verses. If space allows, it would be very effective for the refrain choir to stay put whilst the solo quartet moves slowly around the building, singing each verse in a different location, finally returning to the main choir for the climactic ‘O Emmanuel’ tutti entry. Alternatively, the refrains and the verses could be sung by the same singers; a minimum of seven singers (SSAATBB) is required to cover the occasional divisi.

In order for the close harmonies to be heard and to reinforce the Medieval origins of the piece, minimal or no vibrato is preferable.

 
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Hodie!

By Alexander L'Estrange

Hodie was written for Portsmouth Grammar School and is an ideal opener for Christmas concerts. The soaring vocal lines are underpinned by rhythmic and harmonically rich organ part, resulting in a joyous and accessible work suitable for choral societies, church and school choirs.

SATB & organ

 

Lute-Book Lullaby

By Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander L’Estrange’s beautiful mixed voice composition, Lute-Book Lullaby, is a work suitable for Christmas performances. First performed by the choir Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, who also commissioned the work, it was first performed on 12th September 2002, at St LUK & Europee's, Chelsea, London at a concert in support of Downs Syndrome.

Also featured on the Signum Classics recording On Eagles' Wings, performed by Tenebrae.

Available as SATB & organ and SATB unaccompanied.

 

 

Love came down at Christmas

By Alexander L'Estrange. Words by Christina Rossetti

Commissioned by BBC Music Magazine, Love came down at Christmas is Alexander L’Estrange’s stunning setting of the classic poem by Christina Rossetti. The music reflects the direct, sincere and expressive text in a simple strophic form, the melody passing to the basses for the second verse while the sopranos provide an angelic descant. A unison coda draws the piece to a serene close.

SATB unaccompanied

 
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Song of the Angels

By Alexander L'Estrange

First performed at Westminster Cathedral in December 2015, this is another enjoyable but challenging addition to the Christmas carol repertoire. Inspired by the early 17th-century English composer Orlando Gibbons, and setting a text from the satirist George Wither of the same era, this rousing carol is an ideal finale for a school, church or cathedral Christmas concert.

SATB & organ (optional)

 

Epiphany Carol

By Alexander L'Estrange and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Epiphany Carol is a beautiful and accessible original carol with a simple verse-refrain structure. The stirring lyrics, by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, implore us to protect our world by giving not gold, frankincense or myrrh but "a present for the future". Suitable for mixed-voice choirs of all levels of experience, Epiphany Carol will be a popular choice for your Christmas services and concerts.

SATB Unaccompanied 

 

The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot

Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander L'Estrange's arrangement of The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot for The King's Singers, featured on their Christmas Songbook album.

Unaccompanied A Cappella arrangement for AATBarBarB voices.

 

Still, still, still

Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander's arrangement of Still, still, still for The King's Singers, featured on their Christmas Songbook album.

Unaccompanied A Cappella arrangement for AATBarBarB voices.

 

 

In the bleak midwinter

Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander's arrangement of In the bleak midwinter for The King's Singers, featured on their Christmas Songbook album.

Unaccompanied A Cappella arrangement for AATBarBarB voices.

 

 

We wish you a merry Christmas

Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange

Alexander's arrangement of We wish you a merry Christmas for The King's Singers, featured on their Christmas Songbook album.

Unaccompanied A Cappella arrangement for AATBarBarB voices.

 

 

Currently unpublished songs from the King's Singers album are: Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland,  Santa Claus is coming to town & It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Please email us to enquire about their availability. 

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Spring will come again

By Alexander L'Estrange and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Spring Will Come Again arranged by Alexander L'Estrange and taken from Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy.

SATB & piano

 
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A Christmas Special

By Alexander L'Estrange

A Christmas Special comprises a collection of four joyful songs exploring the ‘lighter’ side of Christmas.

Three classic songs and one newly composed, arranged for soprano, alto and combined men's voices with a straightforward piano accompaniment - ideal for beginner choirs and for choirs in which the male singers are few or at the stage when their voices are changing. Songs include: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells, O Christmas Tree and a crowd-pleasing original by Alexander L’Estrange and Peter Gritton, Another Christmas.

Voices SA/Men & piano or SA/piano

 

Rudolph

By Alexander L'Estrange

Three favourite Christmas songs skilfully arranged by Alexander L’Estrange to offer a unique twist on the originals.  Get in the groove with our ‘Take Five’-feel arrangement of all-time classic Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer; have your dancing shoes ready for a quirky take on Santa Claus is Coming to Town, with its mix of swing and waltz rhythms; and bring any yuletide concert to a festive close with traditional favourite We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

 

 

Christmas smash hits!

Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange

These three hit Christmas songs are arranged for soprano and alto voices with a straightforward piano accompaniment. Featured are: Rockin’ Around The Christmas TreeLet It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! and All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Voices SA/Men & piano or SA/piano