Alexander L’Estrange (b.1974) is one of Britain’s most popular living choral composers and arrangers. A chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Dr Edward Higginbottom, he went on to gain a First in Music from Merton College, Oxford, and has since carved a hugely successful and varied international career. His compositions and arrangements have received universal acclaim and he receives regular commissions from choirs and a cappella groups across the globe. A passionate advocate for the importance of singing in schools and the wider community, he presents his music with a mixture of energy, fun and consummate musicianship that has become synonymous with his name.
L’Estrange’s flagship work, Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa!, an ingenious 40-minute fusion of African song and jazz, had 150 performances worldwide within its first five years, something of a record for a new choral work, and spawned a successful series of large-scale community choral commissions, all published by Faber Music. Zadok Rules – Hallelujah! was commissioned by the Hanover Band and is based on Royal music through the ages; Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose was commissioned by the Portsmouth Festivities to mark the opening of the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and is an uplifting fusion of sea shanties and Tudor music; Song Cycle: vive la vélorution! was commissioned to mark the 2014 grand départ in Yorkshire of the Tour de France, its ten entertaining songs telling the story of cycling from its inauspicious beginnings to the glorious Tour de France.
His sacred choral repertoire has been recorded by the highly acclaimed professional chamber choir Tenebrae, founded and directed by Nigel Short, on a disc entitled On Eagles’ Wings. Love’s Philosophy, three stunning settings of poems by Shelley, Tennyson and Byron, are currently on the ABRSM Singing Syllabus. L’Estrange writes for the market-leading television music company Audio Network Ltd. Film and television credits include the Hollywood film Just Like a Woman (starring Sienna Miller), Location Location, Armstrong & Miller and Magic Hands (CBeebies) for which he wrote the theme tune.
Alexander L’Estrange’s consummate vocal arranging skills have made him one of the world’s most sought-after arrangers, writing for the leading a cappella groups including The Swingle Singers, Voces 8 and The King’s Singers, for whom he wrote and produced the Great American Songbook album. As Consultant Editor of Faber Music’s popular Choral Basics series, he has written hundreds of arrangements of songs from across the musical spectrum.
Aside from composing, L’Estrange is a highly accomplished jazz double bass player and pianist, choral workshop leader, musical director of musicals, presenter of children’s concerts and jazz examiner/trainer for the ABRSM.