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Forbes L'Estrange: I will hold him for SATB unaccompanied

An Annunciation Carol

Forbes L'Estrange: I will hold him for SATB unaccompanied

An Annunciation Carol

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Choral Leaflet

£2.95

Publisher: RSCM Press
ISBN: A4030
Published: 24/08/2022

Based on the Angel Gabriel's visitation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, this wonderfully evocative setting is ideal for the Carol Service.

Beginning with the familiar story of the angel Gabriel coming to Galilee to bring Mary the news that she will bear God’s son, the verses thereafter take the form of a conversation between Gabriel (Tenors and Basses) and Mary (Sopranos and Altos). The turning point comes at verse 5 when Mary repeats the words which the angel has just spoken but in the first person, indicating her willingness to accept God’s calling. For the final section of the piece, Mary, now represented by a solo soprano, communes directly with God through prayer. The metre changes from the folky 6/8 to a freer colla voce at which point the choir resumes its verse 1 role of narrator. 

 

I will hold him. An Annunciation Carol by Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) is an English soprano, composer and choral leader who receives engagements throughout the world. A Master of Arts graduate in Music of Oxford University, she began her career as soprano and Musical Director of the five-time Grammy® Award-winning a cappella group The Swingles and her compositional output reflects her love of choral music, close harmony and jazz. She writes songs (including her own lyrics), sacred anthems, Christmas carols, television production music and arrangements, regularly collaborating with her husband Alexander L’Estrange on their award-winning series of large-scale community choral works. 

A passionate advocate for gender equality, Joanna has become the go-to composer for songs about women. Commissions include We will remember them for the Military Wives Choirs’, A woman (wearing bloomers) on a wheel which has been made into a film by the NYCGB, Suffragette March, Give us grace and A place for us maids, celebrating 40 years of female undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her single Twenty-first-century Woman raises money for girls’ education globally. Visit her website: www.joannaforbeslestrange.com/composing