Coaching choirs & a cappella groups
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange began her career as soprano and Musical Director of The Swingle Singers and is founder and director of AQUILA, the all-female a cappella group at St John’s College, Cambridge. Choirs and a cappella groups in the USA, China, Australia and throughout Europe and the UK have benefitted from her coaching and workshops. She prepared the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, for their close harmony album and is guest conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
A consummate performer who sings in a wide variety of styles, Joanna shares her experience and expertise with the groups she coaches, creating great results every time. As well as helping to improve tuning, style, ensemble and blend, Joanna works on presentation and choreography. She has successfully prepared many groups for national competitions and coached for CD recordings.
Joanna was one of five judges on the panel for the television show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’, which first aired on Sky 1 in Autumn 2017. She has also adjudicated for the International A Cappella Contest in Leipzig, BBC Choir of the Year, Eton Choral Courses and Voice Festival-UK, of which she is a patron.
Joanna is a popular judge for House Singing competitions for the UK’s top public schools, having adjudicated at Oundle, Repton, King’s Canterbury, Christ’s Hospital, Greshams and Marlborough College.
“In the 10 years that I’ve been running that competition I can’t remember a better judge and one who so beautifully managed the situation to ensure a fair, balanced and happy occasion.”
Philip Dukes, Director of Music at Marlborough College
Book Joanna to adjudicate for your competition