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Forbes L'Estrange, Joanna (b1971)

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

born: 1971
country: United Kingdom

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is a multifaceted musician who performs, composes, records, directs and produces music in a wide variety of genres. Her career began with seven years as soprano and Musical Director of the five-time Grammy® award-winning vocal group The Swingles, with whom she toured the world and produced six albums. Specialising in contemporary crossover music, Joanna is a regular soloist for Mass in Blue by Will Todd (which she recorded for the Convivium label) and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. With the world’s leading orchestras and contemporary music ensembles she performs works by Steve Reich and Luciano Berio and has sung on over 300 film soundtracks.

One of the Royal School of Church Music’s best-selling composers, Joanna was commissioned to compose an anthem to mark the coronation of King Charles III. The mountains shall bring peace was sung by over 600 choirs around the world including in the USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe and the UK. Her music has been performed and recorded by Tenebrae, The King’s Singers, The Swingles, The Military Wives Choirs, The National Youth Choir and London Voices. Television credits include Fleabag, which featured her 1940s-style song You are, and Glee, which featured her Moonlight Sonata arrangement, written for and recorded by The Swingles.

Joanna has written many songs and choral pieces in support of equal opportunities for women: We will remember them (for the Military Wives Choirs of Great Britain), A woman (wearing bloomers) on a wheel (made into a film by the National Youth Girls’ Choir), Suffragette March (part of a larger work, Freedom! The Power of Song, composed in collaboration with her husband Alexander L’Estrange), A place for us maids (commissioned to mark 40 years of female undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge), The Three Wise Women (commissioned to mark the 135th anniversary of St Swithun’s School, Winchester) and Byrd Song (commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd). In 2018 Joanna founded the all-female vocal group Aquilaand, in the same year, made history by organising the first-ever, all-female recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London, recording her single Twenty-first-century Woman for International Women’s Day.


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