CD Recording

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A collage of images from the recording sessions, April and May 2010

This, the first commercial recording of Zimbe!, was made in April and May 2010 and released on andagio record label in June 2010.

The Zimbe! Singers, an ad hoc choir comprising eighty friends and relatives of Alexander & Joanna L’Estrange, were recorded at Rydes Hill School in Guildford, Surrey, conducted by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange.
The part of the semi-chorus was sung by current and former members of the Swingle Singers, the internationally acclaimed a cappella group with whom Joanna Forbes L’Estrange toured worldwide, as soprano/Musical Director, from 1998 until 2004.
The part of the children’s choir was sung by members of Haileybury Lower School Choir, conducted by Quentin Thomas, the Director of Music at Haileybury
The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet, comprising world class jazz musicians, was recorded at Full Range Productions in London, led by Alexander L’Estrange.

All recording sessions were produced by Alexander L’Estrange
CD edited by Al Forbes, mixed by Adam Riley and produced by Alexander L’Estrange
CD design and booklet by Hugh and Susan L’Estrange; original cover design for Faber vocal score by Lydia Merrills-Ashcroft
CD mastered and manufactured by Sound Performance Ltd


Alexander and Joanna L’Estrange extend their heartfelt thanks to

• our talented family and friends for generously lending us their time and skills to sing on this recording
• Tessa Forbes, Head of Music at Rydes Hill School, for making it possible for us to record in the school
• the current and former members of the Swingle Singers who recorded the semi-chorus
• Quentin Thomas, Director of Music at Haileybury, for providing singers for the children’s choir
• Ges Ray, Chairman of Dorking Choral Society, for his support and impressive organisational skills
• Justin Doyle and Dorking Choral Society for commissioning the piece and performing the world premiere in November 2008
• Gary Howarth for his invaluable help with the Swahili, and Manunu Tsabi for her help with the Sesotho lyrics for Song for the Soul
• Hugh & Susan L’Estrange for their constant support and encouragement and for making this project possible

Photos in the CD booklet and on this site courtesy of:
Jeff Browne, Andrew Cox, Al Forbes, Izabella Hearn, Hugh L’Estrange,
Zena Warrior Princess – and Lloydie at

A percentage of the profit from sales of the CD go to Nyumbani Children’s Home

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