L’Estrange is best known for his series of large-scale choral works which draw together singers of all ages across the community. Find out more about each of them below.
Premiered in November 2017, Wassail! is a sequence of choral arrangements of uplifting traditional carols, both sacred and secular. It also includes one new song by Joanna & Alexander L’Estrange, Spring will come again. It is the composer’s intention that the piece be performed in its entirety but the songs also work as stand-alone numbers within the context of a Christmas concert or service. Wassail/wassailing itself means many things: a drink, a cup, a dance, a celebration, carol-singing…! Also features world-famous a cappella group The Swingles.
Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa!
a phenomenal fusion of traditional African song and jazz which took the choral world by storm
Ahoy! SIng for the Mary Rose
a nautical fusion of Tudor songs, sea shanties and original music, celebrating King Henry VIII’s famous warship
Song Cycle: vive la vélorution!
ten entertaining songs about the bicycle, from its inauspicious beginnings to the glorious Tour de France
Zadok Rules - Hallelujah!
a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, wittily tracing the British monarchy
Liturgical settings include the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (New College Service), the Lord’s Prayer and Lighten our Darkness (Prayers for Peace). There are also sacred anthems for upper voices and for SATB choir, some with organ and some unaccompanied, ranging in difficulty level from easy to challenging. Secular songs include Love’s Philosophy, three settings of poems by Shelley, Tennyson and Byron, currently on the ABRSM Singing Syllabus.
The Twyford Carols
The Twyford Carols comprise four jazzy songs for two-part children's choir and piano (+ optional simple percussion to be performed by the children). It is ideal for primary school carol services and Christmas concerts.
Total duration: 10 minutes
1) Rejoice, rejoice!
2) Save the world
3) Come and see *
4) Rejoice, rejoice! (reprise)
* 'Come and see’ has signings which have been specially devised by Paul Whittaker OBE
Words and music by Joanna & Alexander L'Estrange.
The Twyford Carols have been recorded by Twyford School Senior Choir, conducted by David Hall, accompanied on the piano by Alexander L’Estrange, as part of the CD “Wassail!”