Heaven to Earth Joanna Forbes Lestrange

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Joanna Forbes Lestrange

Composer: Joanna Forbes L'Estrange (1971)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Joanna Forbes L'Estrange (b. 1971):
  • 1L'Estrange: Let My Prayer Rise Up03:31
  • 2L'Estrange: God The Holy Trinity02:34
  • 3L'Estrange: Magnificat (King’s College Service)03:52
  • 4L'Estrange: Nunc Dimittis (King’s College Service)02:33
  • 5L'Estrange: The Chorister’s Prayer03:24
  • 6L'Estrange: Preces and Responses07:03
  • 7L'Estrange: Words From The Cross04:13
  • 8L'Estrange: Give Us Grace02:22
  • 9L'Estrange: Faith, Hope and Love04:49
  • Alexander L’Estrange (b. 1974), Joanna Forbes L'Estrange
  • 10L’Estrange, L'Estrange: For The Beauty Of The Earth03:46
  • Joanna Forbes L'Estrange:
  • 11L'Estrange: The Chorister’s Prayer03:30
  • 12L'Estrange: Drop, Drop, Slow Tears02:55
  • 13L'Estrange: High As The Heavens03:09
  • 14L'Estrange: Lord Have Mercy (The St Helen’s Service)00:44
  • 15L'Estrange: Glory To God (The St Helen’s Service)02:58
  • 16L'Estrange: Holy, Holy, Holy (The St Helen’s Service)02:00
  • 17L'Estrange: Lamb Of God (The St Helen’s Service)02:29
  • 18L'Estrange: The Lord’s Prayer01:36
  • 19L'Estrange: Saint Richard’s Prayer03:46
  • 20L'Estrange: The Mountains Shall Bring Peace05:04
  • 21L'Estrange: Go Forth In Peace03:47
  • Total Runtime01:10:05

Info for Heaven to Earth

Heaven to Earth is a collection of tuneful, singable, sacred choral pieces by the best-selling RSCM composer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. Joanna began her musical life as a chorister in her local parish church choir and although she became a professional soprano, singing with ensembles including The Swingles, Tenebrae and London Voices, it was parish church choirs she had in mind when writing the music for this album. The pieces sit comfortably within the vocal ranges of the singers, the organ accompaniments are designed to support the choir, there is minimal divisi, and the harmonies are attractive and approachable. Above all, the settings are written with the intention of enhancing the meaning of the words, both for those who sing them and for those who hear them.

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.

London Voices he has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA as well as recording and broadcasting inter- nationally and in the UK. UK. London Voices is most well-known for singing on hundreds of movie and computer game soundtracks, including Abzu, Distant Worlds (Final Fantasy), Halo 5, the Harry Potter, Hobbit, Star Wars, Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings film series, James Bond: Spectre and No Time to Die, Grand Budapest Hotel (Oscar ® for Best Soundtrack) and recently appearing on-screen in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

“It is instantly attractive…there is a considerable variety in her music. There is a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which work splendidly well.” (British Music Society)

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
Andreana Chan, organ
London Voices
Ben Parry, conductor

Joanna Forbes
is a London-based professional musician with 25 years of experience in contemporary vocal music as a singer, composer and choir director. I love my work and I’m lucky that it’s given me the opportunity to travel all over the world. After graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Music from Oxford University, I joined the five-time Grammy® Award-winning vocal group, The Swingles, as soprano and Musical Director. I now enjoy a varied career performing, recording, composing and directing contemporary vocal music.

I’m the third generation of professional musicians in my family - my grandfather, Watson Forbes, was a viola player and my father Sebastian Forbes is a composer and university music professor - so I grew up with music all around me. My husband Alexander L’Estrange is a composer and multi-instrumentalist and our two teenage sons love music too. Stay at Home - family lockdown video

Whether you’re looking for a crossover soloist for your concert or a workshop for your choir or maybe you need me to record a piece you’ve written or you’d like to commission me to write a piece, you’ve come to the right place. I look forward to making music with you.

Ben Parry
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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