(1974 - )
Alexander L’Estrange (b. 1974) is a British choral composer and arranger whose music is performed and celebrated throughout the world. His compositional voice is characterised by a background as a cathedral chorister (New College, Oxford) and as a professional jazz musician. Add to that mix a First Class Honours Music degree from Oxford University, his passionate dedication to music education and his charismatic choral leadership and it’s no wonder that he has been dubbed “the ideal 21st century musician” (Howard Goodall CBE). From his large-scale choral works (Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa!, Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose, Song Cycle: vive la vélorution!) which draw together singers of all ages to the more intimate sacred anthems (recorded by the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae on the album On Eagles' Wings ) and part-songs, to the ingenious arrangements for The King’s Singers (Great American Songbook CD) and Faber Music’s popular Choral Basics series, it is this combination which contributes to the universal appeal of L’Estrange’s music.
“If you had to create from scratch the perfect 21st century musician, Alexander L’Estrange would be your template.”
News & Reviews
Following the huge success of 'Zimbe!' and 'Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose', choirs will doubtless be interested to hear about Alexander L’Estrange’s latest choral venture Read more
The African-inspired cantata for SATB chorus, unison children's choir and jazz quintet, Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa (2008) is continuing to galvanize community singing projects with over fifteen performances planned for 2014 so far Read more