• 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 composer 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 CBE (“On Eagles’ Wings”)
  • 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
  • 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.
    — Suzi Digby OBE

Large-Scale Works

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.

Introducing Wassail!

With its world premiere in Christmas 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…! There is also a new CD of Wassail! available now - the perfect Christmas present.  (Also features world-famous a cappella group The Swingles)

Alexander’s music brings people together to celebrate the very best of the British choral tradition. We know that Wassail! will inspire even more of our students and staff to sing – developing their confidence, improving their well-being and providing an experience that they will never forget
— Catherine Barker - United Learning
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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


Small-Scale Works

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!”