Songwriting

Joanna L’Estrange (previously Joanna Forbes) began writing and arranging songs when she was the Musical Director of The Swingle Singers and now regularly collaborates with composer Alexander L’Estrange, receiving commissions for original songs from The King’s Singers, The Military Wives Choirs, SingUp, independent film and for community and school choirs. Her songs and arrangements have been performed and recorded by the London Youth Choir, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and The Swingle Singers. She writes for Faber Music’s Choral Basics series which includes a set of popular jazz warm-ups for choirs entitled‘You can sing…but can you swing?!’

Most recent publication: The Twyford Carols
words and music by Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange

This set of four jazz carols for two-part children’s choir and piano was commissioned by Twyford School in Hampshire and is published by Faber Music. The third song, ‘Come and see’, has signings which have been specially devised by Paul Whittaker OBE.

Here is ‘Epiphany Carol’, performed by award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, with words and music by Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange

Joanna’s arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’, written for 4 upper voices and performed here by The Swingles, is loved and sung by choirs all over the world.

Joanna is an arranger for Faber Music’s popular Choral Basics series. Watch this film of a performance by Portland Voices of her stunning arrangement of Eva Cassidy’s recording of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. The other songs in this collection are Autumn Leaves and Wade in the Water

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