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Heaven to Earth

Choral Works of Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Heaven to Earth

Choral Works of Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

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Compact Disc


Publisher: Signum Records
Published: 12/01/2024

Heaven to Earth is a collection of tuneful, singable, sacred choral pieces by the best-selling RSCM com- poser 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 approach- able. 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 has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA as well as recording and broadcasting internationally and in the UK. London Voices is best 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 in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

[1] Let My Prayer Rise Up

[2] God The Holy Trinity

[3] Magnificat (King’s College Service)

[4] Nunc Dimittis (King’s College Service)

[5] The Chorister’s Prayer (mixed voices version)

[6] Preces and Responses

[7] Words From The Cross

[8] Give Us Grace

[9] Faith, Hope and Love

[10] For The Beauty Of The Earth – Joanna Forbes L’Estrange; Alexander L’Estrange

[11] The Chorister’s Prayer (upper voices version)

[12] Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

[13] High As The Heavens

[14] Lord, Have Mercy (The St Helen’s Service)

[15] Glory To God (The St Helen’s Service)

[16] Holy, Holy, Holy (The St Helen’s Service)

[17] Lamb Of God (The St Helen’s Service)

[18] The Lord’s Prayer

[19] Saint Richard’s Prayer

[20] The Mountains Shall Bring Peace

[21] Go Forth In Peace

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange