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Alexander Lestrange


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Born in 1974, L'Estrange is active as a composer, arranger, choral workshopper and animateur, and jazz double bass player and pianist, and has carved a successful career working in a variety of musical fields and with respected musicians around the world. He has shared the stage with jazz greats John Dankworth and Kenny Wheeler, toured the world with The Swingle Singers, conducted thousands of children at the Royal Albert Hall for the Primary Proms and musically directed the National Youth Music Theatre in shows on Broadway and in Edinburgh, Japan and London.

L'Estrange works widely in choral music education. As Consultant Editor for Faber Music's Choral Basics series, he has contributed many of the arrangements of folk, pop, jazz, music theatre, African and gospel songs as well as his work Love's Philosophy and a set of jazz warm-ups You can sing but can you swing? He is in wide demand as a choral trainer and animateur presenting regularly at events for the Association of British Choral Directors, Music for Youth and Sing Up and leading singing days for county music services and schools.

His compositions are testament to his eclectic experience, with echoes not just of Finzi, Howells and Messiaen, but also jazz, pop, music theatre and world music influences. Since the publication of his stunning debut choral anthem Lute-Book Lullaby, he has been inundated with commissions from festivals, schools, a cappella groups, choirs and choral societies alike. Recently published works include On Eagles' Wings, composed for the 2008 St David's Festival, three choral Prayers for Peace and Love's Philosophy, lyrical settings of three love songs by the great Romantic poets that are now on the ABRSM singing syllabus. Zimbe, a 40-minute, African-inspired work for SATB chorus, children's choir and jazz quintet commissioned by Dorking Choral Society has been programmed widely since its premiere in 2008 with large-scale performances in cathedrals, choral concerts and music festivals both in the UK and abroad.

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