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A Season to Sing – Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

An exciting opportunity for your choir!

A Season To Sing is a brand new 40-minute work for SATB choir/organ by RSCM composer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons .

The RSCM is inviting choirs to contribute £300 ($500) each to participate in this commission for which each choir will: 

  • be one of the first in the world to perform this piece
  • meet Joanna Forbes L’Estrange for a Q&A session via zoom
  • Big discount on sets of scores
  • Backing and learning tracks exclusive to commissioning choirs
  • be named in the vocal score
  • receive a limited-edition, hard-back copy of the vocal score, signed by the composer

A Season To Sing is a choral re-imagining of Vivaldi’s enduringly popular set of violin concertos, The Four Seasons, first published 300 years ago in 1725. RSCM composer Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is rearranging the four concertos for SATB choir and organ, weaving into Vivaldi’s well-loved melodies texts from poetry and the Bible on the subject of spring, summer, autumn and winter. 

“The Four Seasons is the first piece of music I can remember hearing from my childhood. I used to dance around the sitting room to it!” Joanna recalls. “I thought a great way to mark its 300th anniversary would be to make it possible for choirs to perform it. Vivaldi’s tunes are so magnificent they deserve to be sung!” 

The 40-minute work will also include a new setting by Forbes L’Estrange of Ecclesiastes 3.2 – To everything there is a season. Its seasonal theme will enable the piece to be performed at any time of the year and it is hoped that A Season To Sing will become a firm favourite with choirs throughout the world. Don’t miss out! Register your choir! 

A Season to Sing