Coaching

Choirs & A Cappella groups

Get in the swing with jazz choral coach Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Get in the swing with jazz choral coach Joanna Forbes L’Estrange

Joanna has a great rapport with singers of all ages and ability, and her boundless energy and enthusiasm for coaching choirs has resulted in her being hugely in demand in this role throughout the UK. A consummate performer who sings in a wide variety of styles, she is able to share her experience and expertise with the choirs and a cappella groups she coaches, creating great results every time. As well as helping groups to improve their tuning, style, ensemble and blend, Joanna works with them on presentation, suggesting simple choreography where needed. She has successfully prepared many groups for national competitions.

Joanna coached the world-renowned choir of Trinity College Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Layton, as they recorded their album of jazz arrangements.

You can sing...but can you swing?!  published by Faber Music

You can sing…but can you swing?!
published by Faber Music

You can sing…but can you swing?!
With her husband, Alexander L’Estrange, Joanna devised the ever-popular workshop ‘You can sing…but can you swing?!’ which together they have presented to choirs throughout the UK and beyond. The workshop, which has an accompanying set of choral jazz warm-ups of the same name, is aimed at choirs (and their conductors) who are keen to add non-classical repertoire to their concert programmes and perform those “lighter” styles idiomatically.

Adjudicating
Joanna adjudicates 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.

Choral conducting
Joanna has been a guest conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has conducted three CD recordings of Alexander L’Estrange’s large-scale choral works:
Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa!
Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose
Song Cycle: vive la vélorution!