Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is an English soprano and jazz vocalist, specialising in modern amplified music. A Master of Arts Music graduate of Oxford University, she began her career as soprano and Musical Director of The Swingle Singers. Joanna is renowned for her exceptional stylistic versatility, three-octave vocal range and consummate musicianship. She is the daughter of composer Sebastian Forbes, niece of Edinburgh-based opera singer Rupert Oliver Forbes and granddaughter of the famous Scottish viola player/arranger Watson Forbes.
Joanna enjoys a full diary of engagements as an international solo artist, sharing the stage with the world’s leading orchestras and contemporary music ensembles. Her concert repertoire includes Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, many works by Steve Reich including Music for 18 Musicians, Desert Music and Tehillim, Stockhausen’s Stimmung, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music and Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, which she has performed fifty times. Joanna has toured every continent and, closer to home, has appeared as a soloist at the Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Glastonbury and the O2 Arena.
One of London’s busiest studio singers, Joanna records soundtracks to video games and Hollywood films. She has sung with Take That, Sir Paul McCartney, Jarvis Cocker, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Yusuf Islam and Florence + the Machine, to name but a few. Her discography comprises choral CDs, many with the award-winning chamber choir, Tenebrae, solo jazz albums with her band L’Estranges in the Night, a cappella albums and recordings of contemporary orchestral works with vocals.
Joanna is an accomplished composer, choral conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator: she was a judge on the Sky 1 TV show, Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, presented by Cat Deeley. She has worked for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Association of British Choral Directors, the American Choral Directors Association, Eton Choral Courses, BBC Choir of the Year, the Ingenium Academy, Sing Up, Sing A Cappella and Voice Festival UK, of which she is a patron. Joanna lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, Alexander L’Estrange, and their two musically-gifted sons.