Commissioned by Finchley Children’s Music Group, Winter Songs by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and Alexander L’Estrange comprises three contrasting songs for upper voices and piano accompaniment, setting lyrics by Joanna. Each song presents a view of winter which, for different reasons, implores us to value kindness and compassion above all else. Hibernation sets the wintery scene, leading into the musical theatre-style song Reality check: a touching tale from the perspective of a homeless person. The jazzy and uplifting Presence completes the set; its swinging style featuring a fun scat section; the song’s chorus is perfect for adding choreography. Winter Songs would be ideal for school and youth choir performances at any time of the year but particularly during the winter months, including at Christmas.