Meet Joanna

“a stunningly flexible voice and flawless musicianship” Will Todd, composer of Mass in Blue

“utterly musical at every turn. Joanna’s voice is stunning” Howard Goodall CBE about her album New things to say

“an inspirational coach who radiates warmth and enthusiasm” a workshop participant


Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is one of London’s most sought after singers for studio and stage, regularly recording soundtracks for film, TV and video games and making concert appearances all over the world. A Music graduate of Oxford University and former Soprano/Musical Director of The Swingle Singers, she has a reputation for outstanding musicianship and versatility, working with the world’s leading vocal ensembles and orchestras, the UK’s top jazz musicians and with high-profile pop and crossover artists including Take That, Sir Paul McCartney, Jarvis Cocker, Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins. Her concert repertoire includes avant-garde masterpieces of the 20th Century by composers Steve Reich, Berio, John Adams and Stockhausen. She has sung in contemporary operas at La Scala, Milan, and at Le Chatelet in Paris, and for the Royal Ballet’s production of Joby Talbot’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Covent Garden. Joanna performs in the Symphonic Rock concerts with the RPO and is a popular choice of soloist for Mass in Blue, the virtuoso jazz mass by Will Todd. Her discography includes around eighty film soundtracks, over forty classical choral CDs (many with world-class chamber choir Tenebrae), eight contemporary a cappella albums, and two solo jazz albums with her band L’Estranges in the Night. New things to say was launched to a sold-out audience at Soho’s famous Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Joanna is passionate about a cappella and she coaches groups and presents workshops throughout the UK, in particular with her ever-popular You can sing…but can you swing?! She conducts for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and two CDs of large-scale choral works by husband Alexander L’Estrange (Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa! and Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose). Joanna is an adjudicator and presenter for Eton Choral Courses, Choir of the Year and Voice Festival UK, of which she is proud to be a patron.


You can follow Joanna on Twitter @JoannaLEstrange


Why do you support the Voice Festival UK?:

I support VF-UK because there is such a wealth of young a cappella talent in Britain and yet, until VF-UK, no proper forum in which singers could come together and share the love! I feel so privileged to be able to pass on what I learnt during my years as MD for The Swingle Singers to these talented groups.