Zimbe! has been performed 143 times so far, in the UK and around the world.
8th November 2008 World premiere
Dorking Choral Society conducted by Justin Doyle – who commissioned Alexander L’Estrange to write Zimbe! The concert was presented by Hannah Scott-Joynt. The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet consisted of Simon Allen (alto saxophone), Luke Allwood (piano), Mike Bradley (drums), Adam Riley (percussion) and Alexander L’Estrange (double bass). The children’s choir was made up of Chants de Coeur, St Joseph’s School, St Martin’s School and Powell Corderoy, Dorking Hall
Sat 15th July Salford UK MAPAS Big Band, Youth Choir and Community Choir at Ordsall Hall, Salford
Sat 24th June Malvern, UK Performed by Colwall Community Choir and the children’s choir from The Downs Malvern Prep School at The Downs Malvern School, Malvern, Worcestershire
Wed 14th June London, UK Pimlico Musical Foundation at St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, London
Sat 10th June Manchester UK Salford Choral Society at Peel Hall, Salford, Greater Manchester. conducted by Tom Newall
Thurs 1st June Berlin, Germany Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir (Sansa kroma only)
May Harare, Zimbabwe Harare International Festival of Arts.
18th 19th May Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam The International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City conducted by Gareth Groves at the Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy. Ho Chi Minh City.
Fri 5th May Gloucester UK Wynstones School Community Choir, The Phoenix Singers. Wynstones School. Whaddon, Gloucester
Thurs 20th April Mississippi, USA Maples Memorial United Methodist Church, Olive Branch, Mississippi with Centre Hill High School Chorus
Sat 25th March Exeter UK Colyton Grammar School Choirs conducted by David House at Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter
Sat 10th December Durham UK Durham University Choral Society conducted by Clare Lawrence-Wills at Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham
Fri 25th November London UK Dulwich College perform selection from Zimbe! as part of their Winter Concert at St John’s Smith Square, London
Wed 9th November Worcester UK The King’s School Choirs accompanied by the school jazz band The King’s Swingers. Worcester Cathedral, Worcester
Wed 13th July Norfolk UK Thetford Singers with children from Admirals Academy Conducted by Chris Parsons, accompanied by a Jazz Band, Carnegie Room, King Street, Thetford
.Sat 9th July London UK The Upbeat Choir conducted by Penelope Manser Holy Trinity Church, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford
Sat 2nd July Gloucestershire UK Tyndale Choral Society, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucestershire
Sat 25th June Surrey UK Reigate Grammar School and English Arts Chorale conducted by Leslie Olive St Mary’s Church, Reigate, Surrey
Sat 25th June Eastbourne UK Concentus Choir conducted by Adrian White at the Kings Centre, Eastbourne,
Sat 18th June Eastbourne UK Concentus Choir conducted by Adrian White at the Seaford Down Leisure Centre, Seaford, Eastbourne
Sun 5th June Chicago USA International Voices, Houston St Paul’s United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
Sun 5th June Santa Clarita USA The Santa Clarita Master Chorale conducted by Allan Robert Petker. Santa Clarita Performing Arts Centre, Santa Clarita, CA
Wed 18th May Staffordshire UK Kaleidoscope Choir, The Half Circle Singers, The Palace Singer, LCS School Choir, Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices and Jazz Quintet conducted by Cait Hodgkiss. Lichfield Cathedral, The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire
Sun 8th May Cotswolds UK Wycliffe Choral Society and children’s choirs conducted by Chris Swain Wycliffe Chapel, Wycliffe College, Bath Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
Sat 23rd Apr East Yorkshire UK Hull Collegiate School Community Choir with the Freedom Jazz Quintet, directed by James Webb Beverley Minster, Beverley
Sat 16th Apr Surrey UK Surbiton High Massed Choirs conducted by Chris Wray, with the Call Me Al quintet. St Andrew’s Church, Maple Road, Surbiton, Surrey
Wed 16th Mar Somerset UK Kingswood School conducted by Oliver Parker, with the Call Me Al quintet. Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset
Mon 25th Jan London UK United learning Trust schools from all over the UK, conducted by Alexander L’Estrange with the Call Me Al Quintet, Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London
Sat 21st Nov Sussex UK Worthing Choral Society, local school choirs, with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet, conducted by Aedan Kerney Assembly Hall, Worthing
Sun 8th Nov Suffolk UK The Rabble Chorus, Children’s Choir and local guest musicians The Ipswich Corn Exchange
Sat 4th July London UK Hogarth Singers, Belmont Primary School Choir, conductor Thomas Lydon St Michael & All Angels Church, Turnham Green, London
Fri 3rd July Brighton UK Students of Varndean School Varndean School, Brighton, United Kingdom
Thurs 25th June London UK Eltham College Music Dept, conductor Laura Oldfield with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Eltham College, London
Sat 20th June Solihull UK Atherstone Choral Society, conductor Kevin Gill St James’ Church, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands
Sat 20th June Bedford UK Bedford Choral Society, conductor Ian Smith Corn Exchange, Bedford
Sun 14th June Birmingham UK City of Birmingham Choir, conductor Adrian Lucas, with the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer Alexander L’Estrange and featuring Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 9th May Sussex UK Boundstone Chorus with the Call Me Al quintet, conductor Aeden Kerney St Michael and all Angels Church, Lancing, Sussex
Sat 9th May Lincolnshire UK Market Rasen & District Choral Society, conductor Jeff Blewett, with the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer Alexander L’Estrange. De Aston Sports Hall, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.
3rd May Dorset UK Sherborne Abbey Festival. Gryphon School Choirs, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset
Sat 11th April Texas USA TX International Voices, conductor Eric Esparza. Heinen Theatre, Houston Community College, Houston TX
Wed 25th March Worcestershire UK The Chase School, Malvern, Worcestershire
Tues 24th March Oxford UK Cokethorpe Choral Society, conductor Joe Hughes Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxfordshire
Tues 24th March Worcestershire UK The Chase School, Malvern, Worcestershire
Sat 11th July London UK Local school and community choirs, Hackney: Betty Layward School/Stoke Newington School/Grazebrook Primary School/Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble
Sun 6th July Berkshire UK John Lewis Partnership Music Society/Manvinder Rattan. Cookham, nr. Maidenhead
Sun 29th June Osijek, Croatia Vocal ensemble Brevis, Mixed choir Academy of Art, Osijek Zimbe jazz band directed by Antoaneta Radocaj – Jerkovi. Dvorište Rektorata, Osijek, Croatia
Tues 24th June Scotland UK Gala Water Singers and community singers with local school children, directed by James Letham. Teviot Church, Hawick.
Sun 22nd June Manchester UK Gorton Monastery, Manchester, St George’s Singers and various Primary Schools conducted by Neil Taylor (from Sheffield Cathedral) with the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer
Sat 14th June Chelmsford UK Chelmsford Cathedral, conducted by James Davy, d.o.m. at the cathedral, with the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer
Monday 3rd June Scotland UK Gala Water Singers, conducted by James Letham. Melrose Parish Church
Sat 1st June Scotland UK Gala Water Singers, conducted by James Letham. St Mary of Wedale Church, Stow, nr Galashiels
Sat 17th May Upton-upon-Severn UK Hanley Voices, pupils from King’s School Gloucester, conducted by Ben Sawyer at Upton-upon-Severn Parish Church
Sat 25th and Sun 26th April Austria Wartberger Chor “pro musica”, Pfarrkirche Reichenthal
Wed 2nd April Bromsgrove UK South Bromsgrove High School Ensemble, Chadsgrove School Ensemble conducted by Suzie Green
Tues 25th March Bristol Choral Society, conducted by Adrian Partington, with the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer
Sat 29th March Shrewsbury UK Shropshire County Music Service “come and sing” day with Alexander L’Estrange
Fri 14th March Cambridge UK Great Hall, The Leys school, Cambridge, conductor Alexander L’Estrange
Thurs 27th Feb Tennessee U.S.A. Germantown Chorus, conducted by Catherine Feazell. Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Rd., Germantown, Tennessee 38138
Sun 9th February Shrewsbury UK Shrewsbury School
Fri 22nd November Kent UK Ashford Schools Community Choir; Ashford Friars Prep School; Jamie Speed. The Parish Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Ashford, Kent, England
Sat 16th November Bishop’s Stortford UKmici Cantate, The Hertfordshire and Essex High School Melodettes Accompanied by Tom Mann and the Amici Cantate Jazz Quintet Director John Tripp. Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church
Thurs 5th September London UK St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus with the children’s choir from St John of Jerusalem Primary School. Conductor John Andrews. Hackney Empire, London.
Sat 17th August New South Wales Australia Holy Spirit Church, Kincumber
Sun 14th July London UK Hackney Festival Chorus and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor John Andrews.
Sat 6th July Saiisbury UK St John Singers and other local adult and children’s choirs, including Downton Primary School Choir Conductor John Powell. St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
Sat 29th June Leatherhead UK Leatherhead Choral Society and the Call Me Al Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Ian Assersohn. Leatherhead Theatre
Wed 19th June Crawley UK “Songbirds”, Pound Hill Junior School and other local choirs with the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer. Conductor Joanna Eames. The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Sussex
Sun 9th June Swanage UK Isle of Purbeck Arts Club Choir, massed children’s choir & jazz quintet. Conductor Simon Lole. St Mary’s Church, Swanage
Tues 21st May Cambridge UK Emmanuel United Reform Church
Sat 27th April Tewkesbury UK St Cecilia Singers, jazz quintet, local children’s choirs. Conductor Ben Nicholas
Tues 19th March Cambridge UK Ely Consort, Stephen Perse Foundation. Conductor Matthew Rudd. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Sun 17th March West Sussex UK Christ’s Hospital Choral Society, Horsham Youth Choirs and the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer. Conductor Andrew Cleary. Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, W. Sussex.
Sat 9th March Southampton UK Twyford School, Twyford Singers, Viva Voces and King Edward VI school chamber choir & jazz quintet led by the composer. Conductor David Hall. Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton
Sat 9th March Cambridge UK Burwell Church, Cambridge
Sun 3rd March Dorset UK Leweston School Choir with the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer. Conductor Claire Hawkes. Leweston School Chapel, Sherborne, Dorset.
Sat 17th Nov Stevenage UK Stevenage Choral Society, local school choirs and the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer. Conductor Robin Osterley. Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Sat 17th Nov Perth, Scotland UK Chansons with Morrison’s Academy Girls’ Choir. St John’s Kirk, Perth, Scotland
Sat 13th Oct Burton UK Rolleston Choral Society, The Brewhouse Youth Choir, Lichfield Cathedral School Youth Choir, Children from John of Rolleston and William Shrewsbury Primary schools and the Call Me Al quintet led by the composer. Conductor Simon Lesley.
Sat 22nd Sept Sussex UK Choral Prep from Hurst College and singers drawn from the East Sussex Bach Choir, Eastbourne Choral Society and the Paddock Singers, conducted by John Hancorn, accompanied by Gareth Hanock. Hurst College Chapel, Hurstpierpoint, College Lane, Sussex
Sat 14th July Hampshire UK Alresford Community Choir, local children’s choirs & the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer. St John the Baptist Church, Alresford
Sat 14th July Reading UK South Chiltern Choral Society. Conductor Gwyn Arch. Highdown School, Caversham
Sat 7th July Billinghurst UK Billingshurst Choral Society, local schools and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor George Jones. Billingshurst Leisure Centre
Sat 7th July London UK Highgate Choral Society, local school choirs and theCall Me Al quintet. Conductor Ron Corp. St Michael’s Church, South Grove, Highgate, London
Sat 23rd June Windsor UK Windsor Royal Free Singers, Formby High School choir and local children’s choir, with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Ben Gunner. Windsor Parish Church
Sat 23rd June Hampshire UK Alresford Community Choir, local children’s choirs & the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet. St John the Baptist Church, Alresford
Sat 16th June Blackburn UK Blackburn Cathedral choirs and local schools with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Sam Hudson. Blackburn Cathedral
Fri 15th June Portsmouth UK Portsmouth Choral Union, Castle Primary School choir and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Jonathan Willcocks. St Mary’s Church, Portsea, Portsmouth.
Sun 29th April Alberta Canada Medicine Hat College Adult Choir, conducted by Bradley Van Middelkoop.
Sat 28th April Winchester UK Hampshire Music Service Community, County, Area choirs and Primary school groups with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Nicholas Wilks. Winchester Cathedral.
Wed 28th March Hereford UK Hereford Cathedral schools and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor David Evans.
Sat 24th March Essex UK Chigwell Choir, Theydon Bois Primary School Choir and jazz quintet. Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, Essex accompanied by the Westminster City School African Drumming Group led by Kenny Wellington, and Paul Chilvers (piano).
Fri 23rd March Kidderminster UK Wyre Forest Young Voices & Primary Chords with jazz quintet. Conductor Geoff Weaver.
Sat 17th March Chorley UK Guild Singers, local choirs and musicians, conducted by Philip Davenport. St Mary’s Church, Leyland, Lancashire.
Fri 16th March Croydon UK Royal Russell school and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Conductor Hugh Sutton
Thurs 15th March Gloucestershire UK Rendcomb College Choir and the Oriole Singers, jazz quintet led by the composer. Conductor Dominic Franks. Rendcomb College, Cirencester
Sun 11th March California USA Los Robles Master Chorale, Los Robles Children’s Choir. Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 East Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, California
Sat 3rd March Thame UK Oxford Pro Musica Singers, local schools and jazz quintet led by the composer. Conductor Michael Smedley. Thame Sports & Arts Centre
Wed 29th Feb Middlesex UK Combined Hampton schools and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Director Iain Donald.
Sun 22nd Feb Felsted UK Felsted School choirs and local musicians, with the composer (double bass). Conductor Owen Rees.
Sat 19th Nov Bromsgrove UK Bromsgrove Preparatory School/Avon Singers/Kids Aloud
Sun 7th Aug New South Wales, Australia, Australian premier! Holy Spirit Church, Kincumber, NSW, Australia.
Sat July 16th Crawley UK Concordia Singers with The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by Alexander L’Estrange. Conductor Ian Assersohn. Ifield Community College, Crawley, West Sussex
Sat 16th July Stoneleigh UK Stoneleigh Choral Society with the Youth Choirs of St. Giles & St. George, Ashtead conducted by Nigel Perona-Wright St John’s Church
Sat 16th July, Buckinghamshire UK Lacey Green Singers accompanied by St John’s Church of England School Choir and local jazz musicians, conducted by Fiona Insley. St John’s School, Main Road, Lacey Green
Sun 10th July London UK Children’s International Voices Enfield, Palmers Green URC, Fox Lane, N13 4LR
Sat 9th July Carlisle UK Abbey Singers, Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir and Carlisle Cantate Abbey Singers. Conducted by Edward Taylor
Sat 9th July Nottinghamshire UK Southwell Choral Society with The Junior Choral and a Jazz Quintet. White Post Farm, Farnsfield, Notts
Sat 2nd July Arundel UK The Angmering Chorale with the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer, conducted by George Jones. Arundel Cathedral
Mon 27th June London UK Eltham College choirs with the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer, conducted by Laura Oldfield
Sat 25th June Newcastle UK Newcastle Choral Society with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer, conducted by Mark Anyan
Sun 19th June Portsmouth UK Portsmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir (Cantate) perform Zimbe! in Portsmouth Cathedral as part of the 2011 Portsmouth Festivities. With the composer (piano)
Sat 18th June London UK BBC Singers, conducted by Adrian Peacock, with the composer (piano) & Matt West (percussion) perform extracts of Zimbe! Public concert at Maida Vale studio 1.
Sat 18th June Stone UK Priory Hall, St Dominic’s School, Station Road, Stone
Fri 17th June Crawley UK BBC Singers, conducted by Adrian Peacock, with the composer (piano) & Matt West (percussion) perform extracts of Zimbe! at 7pm. Ifield Community College, Crawley Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex,
Fri 27th May Wales UK Opening concert of the 2011 St Davids Festival, in St Davids Cathedral. With local choirs and the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer, conducted by Alexander Mason.
Thurs 5th May Aldeburgh UK Choirs from Ipswich School with the Call Me Al jazz quintet led by the composer, conducted by Andrew Leach. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk.
Tues 5th April Gloucester UK Gloucester County Junior Choir & St Peter’s High School Choral Society St Peter’s Church, Gloucester
Sun 3rd April Birmingham UK Bournville Young Singers with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer. Anniversary Gala Concert Birmingham Town Hall
Sun 27th March Devon UK Colyton Grammar School, with the composer, conducted by David House
Sat 26th March Guildford UK Part of the Guildford International Music Festival 2011, with the Zimbe! Singers, Rydes Hill prep school choir, Vox Concordia and the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer, conducted by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange at St Saviour’s Church, Guildford
Thurs 24th March Aldeburgh UK Woodbridge School with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by the composer, conducted by John Penny Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk.
Wed 23rd March Wiltshire UK Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom with Jason Rebello (piano) & the composer (bass), conducted by Kirsty Barry
Sat 12th March Portsmouth UK Portsmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir (Cantate) are holding an open Singing Day on Zimbe! to include an informal performance at the end of the day
Sun 6th March London UK Portsmouth Grammar School is performing Zimbe! as part of their Gala Concert at St John’s Smith Square
12th Sept Frenkendorf Switzerland Children’s choir and band from archemusia (Director Thomas Hauswirth). Children’s choir Aesch, Neuer Chor Aesch, Le Allegre Basel. Johannes Schild, piano. André Müller, saxophone. Fabio Freire, percussion. Conductor Regula Bänziger. Hotel Wilder Mann, Frenkendorf
17th Sept Basel Switzerland Children’s choir and band from archemusia (Director Thomas Hauswirth). Children’s choir Aesch, Neuer Chor Aesch, Le Allegre Basel. Johannes Schild, piano. André Müller, saxophone. Fabio Freire, percussion. Conductor Regula Bänziger. Aula der FMS Basel, Engelgasse 120, Basel
10th 11th 12th Sept Indiana USA US Premiere! Carmel Repertory Theatre, 484 East Carmel Drive, Carmel INDIANA
4th 5th Sept Dunedin New Zealand City of Dunedin Choir conducted by David Burchell. St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin
2nd July Birmingham UK English and African choirs join forces! Peter Allwood conductor. Cathy Lamb director of children’s choir. Alexander L’Estrange composer & piano. Upendo Tanzanian Choir. The Palace Singers. Lichfield Cathedral Girls Choir. Lichfield Cathedral School Junior Choir. Lichfield Cathedral Choristers. Lichfield Cathedral School Cantabile Choir. Greenholm Primary School Choir. St Chad’s School Choir. Great Barr Primary School. Birmingham Town Hall
7th July Whitely Bay UK Choirs from Whitley Bay High School Playhouse, Marine Ave, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
2nd July Chichester UK A Celebration of Youth – Chichester Festivities at Chichester Cathedral
1st July London UK The London Oratory School Schola (conducted by Lee Ward), together with local primary schools performs as part of the Chorister Outreach Programme. An Oratory Sing Up! Concert
26th June Eastbourne UK Eastbourne Choral Society together with Ocklynge and Ratton school choirs. Music director John Hancorn. All Saints’ Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex
24th June Stoke-on-Trent UK Stoke Vocal Force Choir. Conducted by the composer, Alexander L’Estrange at Victoria H
19th June Harpenden UK Harpenden Choral Society, conducted by John Andrews. Children’s choir from St Helen’s School Wheathampstead (directed by Emma Fenn) and Roundwood School Harpenden (directed by Philippa Burch) with The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by Alexander L’Estrange
19th June Nairobi Kenya Safaricom Choir conducted by Esther Jones. Directed by Ken Wakia
13th June Aeach Switzerland Children’s choir archemusia (Director Thomas Hauswirth). Children’s choir Aesch, Neuer Chor Aesch, Le Allegre Basel. Johannes Schild, piano. André Müller, saxophone. Fabio Freire, percussion. Conductor Regula Bänziger. Reformierte Kirche Aesch-Pfeffingen
11th June Oundle UK Oundle School Chapel Choir with local schools, conductor Alexander Eadon.
4th and 11th June Capestang France La Choral International de Capestang, director Sally Shaw
19th May London UK LST Choir and The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet led by Alexander L’Estrange. London School of Theology
15th May Gloucestershire UK Holy Trinity Church Choir, conductor Timothy Ingold. Part of Minchinhampton 750 celebrations.
7th 8th and 9th May Pender Island Canada ‘Africa to Salish Sea’ by Pender Island Choral Society and Duane Bates.
27th March Malvern UK Malvern Sing For Pleasure choir & Worcester Cathedral Junior Choirs, directed by Carol Green Lansdowne Crescent Methodist Church, Great Malvern
25th March Haileybury UK Performed by massed choirs accompanied by The Call Me Al Jazz Band, directed by Quentin Thomas
22nd Nov Oxford UK The Christ Church College Choir, Oxford, and guest musicians, along with the children’s choir from Worcester Cathedral
26th July Rydale UK Dorking Choral Society at the Ryedale Festival. The Joan of Arc Hall, Botton Village. Conducted by Justin Doyle
16th May Lichfield Cathedral UK The Palace Singers, Great Barr School Choir (Directors Clare Hill, Derek Wilson), St Chad’s CE Primary School Choir, (Director Ros Allwood), Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices (Director Cathy Lamb), Lichfield Cathedral School Junior Choir (Director Helen Norgrove), Lichfield Cathedral Choristers (Director Philip Scriven), Lichfield Cathedral School Girls’ Choir
2nd May Ely UK Ely Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, The Ely Imps (Animateur Rebecca Duckworth), Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers (Director Jan Payne), The Choirs of The King’s School (Director Neil Porter Thaw), and Lantern Dance Theatre Company. At Ely Cathedral.