About

Introduction
I’m a London-based freelance singer, composer and choir director with 25 years of experience in the music industry.
• As a session singer, I work at the big London recording studios such as Abbey Road Studios and Air Lyndhurst, recording soundtracks for TV/Film. I also run a professional recording studio from my home in Hertfordshire, UK, where with my composer/musician husband we create recordings of our own music as well as music by other writers around the world.
• As a performer I specialise in contemporary music and jazz.
• As a composer, I write songs (some of which have featured on TV) and choral music.
• As a choir director, I run choral workshops and coach choirs and a cappella groups.

Background and training
I was born into a family of professional classical musicians: my grandfather Watson Forbes was a viola player/arranger, my father Sebastian Forbes is a composer and my uncle and aunt were opera singers. I studied the piano and cello and went on to read Music at Oxford University, graduating with a Master of Arts (Hons) degree. It was there that I started to sing in choirs and to study singing. I was lucky to have a big break early on in my career when I joined the five-time Grammy® Award-winning vocal group The Swingles; I spent the next seven years travelling the world as their Soprano/Musical Director. We performed a cappella shows of Bach, pop and jazz arrangements, orchestral concerts and operas and recorded six albums. I worked closely with the group’s founder Ward Swingle who taught me all about jazz vocal techniques and jazz harmony.

Experience in the music industry
It was during my tenure with The Swingles that I began to write my own music, starting with an arrangement of Amazing Grace for the four female voices of the group. Later, when I arranged Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for eight voices, little did I know that it would end up on Episode 1 of the TV series GleeI also arranged the vocals for My body may die, a song we recorded with PULP for the TV series Randall and Hopkirk (deceased). I have since composed a large catalogue of choral pieces and songs. If you’re a fan of the BBC television show Fleabag, you’ll have heard You are , a song for three female voices and band which I co-wrote with David Tobin and Jeff Meegan. I love to write for female voices. In 2018, I invited some of my session-singing buddies to come to Abbey Road Studios to record my song Twenty-first-century woman. We released it as a charity single on 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day, and we later learned that we’d made history by being part of the first ever entirely-female recording session to have happened at Abbey Road.

I have performed all over the world, singing choral music and contemporary music by composers such as Luciano Berio, Steve Reich, John Adams and Stockhausen. I enjoy performing music which requires me to use my voice like an instrument and I also love singing in lots of different styles of music. One piece I’m often asked to perform as a soloist is Mass in Blue by Will Todd. For me, it’s the perfect combination of “classical soprano” (on account of its 3-octave vocal range) and “jazz singer”. I made a recording of Mass in Blue (Convivium) with the Nonsuch Singers, conducted by Tom Bullard, and our own jazz trio.

Although you may not know it, you’ll have heard me “oohing” and “aahing” on hundreds of film soundtracks including Disney animations, Bond films, Star wars movies and many more. I recently duetted with Jarvis Cocker on the 2021 blockbuster The French Dispatch. TV work has included recording the theme tune for Home Fires (ITV) and the incidental and end credits music for the Netflix horror series Fear Street.

What I’m up to now
All of my experiences as a musician have led me to where I am now, running my own professional home studio with my husband, Alexander L’Estrange. We enjoy working remotely with other composers across the globe, creating recordings of their music, whether it’s choral music, songs or music for TV and Film. Between us, we cover all vocal lines (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) and can multi-track our own voices as many times as we like; we also offer piano, double bass, drums, guitar and bass guitar. We have the highest-quality microphones and recording software and we operate Protools. With everything in-house, including sound engineer and producer, we are a one-stop-shop for composers wanting to make high-quality, professional recordings of their music.

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