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Winter Light
Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange, Harry L’Estrange

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Winter Light

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212087329
Catnr: SIGCD 873
Release date: 18 October 2024
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212087329
Catalogue number
SIGCD 873
Release date
18 October 2024
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About the album

Following her first album on Signum Classics, Winter Light is an album of works (complete with some world premiere recordings and new arrangements) celebrating the season of Winter, as well as Christmas and Advent by composer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. The common themes linking all 18 tracks are of light triumphing over darkness, good overcoming evil and, ultimately, love conquering all. The first half of the album tells the Christmas story, and the second takes on a different tone; veering towards jazz and folk styles. Jo’s wish is to introduce choirs to some new Winter and Christmas-themed pieces which they might like to add to their own repertoire.

Artist(s)

Ben Parry (conductor)

Ben Parry’s compositions and arrangements include the popular Faber Carol Book and a burgeoning catalogue of choral music for Peters Edition and Oxford University Press. He has enjoyed commissions from, among others, St John’s College, Cambridge, The Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, VOCES8, the BBC Singers, Chelmsford, Ely, Norwich and Worcester cathedrals, and his music has been heard at the BBC Proms and on the TV and radio. Ben studied Music and History of Art at Cambridge University, and was a member of King’s College Choir. In the mid-1980s he joined The Swingle Singers as a singer, arranger and music director, toured globally and performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Stephane Grappelli, Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio....
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Ben Parry’s compositions and arrangements include the popular Faber Carol Book and a burgeoning catalogue of choral music for Peters Edition and Oxford University Press. He has enjoyed commissions from, among others, St John’s College, Cambridge, The Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, VOCES8, the BBC Singers, Chelmsford, Ely, Norwich and Worcester cathedrals, and his music has been heard at the BBC Proms and on the TV and radio. Ben studied Music and History of Art at Cambridge University, and was a member of King’s College Choir. In the mid-1980s he joined The Swingle Singers as a singer, arranger and music director, toured globally and performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Stephane Grappelli, Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio. Moving to Edinburgh in 1995, he co-founded the Dunedin Consort, which has gone on to establish itself as Scotland’s premiere Baroque ensemble. He also took up posts as Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Director of Choral Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and conductor of Haddo House Opera. He moved back to England in 2003, becoming Director of Music at St. Paul’s School, London, then of Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music, and subsequently his current position as Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. As co-director of London Voices he has performed in major concert houses around the world as well as conducting many major film soundtracks including Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Avengers. Ben is Assistant Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, where he is responsible for the mixed choir, King’s Voices. He is also Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices, the resident choir at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
As an orchestral conductor he has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. Ben features on the credits of well over 100 recordings, appearing variously as singer, conductor, co- director, director, producer, chorus master and composer.

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Composer(s)

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) 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...
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Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) 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, on the album Heaven to Earth (SIGCD790).
Television credits include Fleabag, which featured her 1940s-style song You Are, and Glee, which featured her Moonlight Sonata arrangement.
Joanna has composed many pieces in support of equal opportunities for women. She made history by organising the first 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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01.
Advent ‘O’ Carol
06:48
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange, Harry L’Estrange) London Voices
02.
Isaiah’s Prophecy
03:20
(Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
03.
I Will Hold Him
03:28
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices
04.
O Virgo Virginum
02:28
(Harry L’Estrange) London Voices
05.
Carol of the Crib
04:41
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
06.
Winter Light
04:54
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
07.
Jesus Christ is Born Today
02:25
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
08.
In the Bleak Midwinter
04:01
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Olivia Jaguers
09.
Love Came Down
02:49
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices
10.
Song of the Shepherds
02:41
(Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
11.
A Story of Light
04:00
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
12.
A Present for the Future
04:27
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Richard Gower
13.
The Three Wise Women
03:24
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
14.
Hibernation (Winter Songs)
03:11
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
15.
Reality Check (Winter Songs)
05:12
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
16.
Presence (Winter Songs)
02:37
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
17.
Green Christmas
03:54
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
18.
Spring Will Come Again
03:36
(Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, Alexander L’Estrange) London Voices, Harry Baker
19.
Auld Lang Syne
03:56
(Traditional) London Voices, Harry Baker
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