The Zimbe! Singers

The Zimbe! Singers

The Zimbe! Singers

A total of 100 singers – all friends, colleagues and relatives of the composer Alexander L’Estrange and his professional singer/Musical Director wife Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – took part in the CD recording. In keeping with the community ethos of the work, the singers were a wonderful mixture of amateur and professional, had a huge variety of musical backgrounds and an age range spanning sixty years.

Within the SATB choir (pictured above) were many choral directors who had previously conducted performances of Zimbe!; sixteen of the singers were members of Dorking Choral Society who sang in the world premiere of the work in November 2008; the semi-chorus comprised eight current and former members (including two Musical Directors) of internationally-acclaimed a cappella group The Swingle Singers and one member of Vox Concordia, an 8-voice a cappella group based in Surrey.

Comments from the singers about the recording day, conducted by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange:

“Zimbe! is a wonderful fun piece and I am sure the word is already spreading fast.”
“I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a choral event so much and the music will stay with me for a long time.”


Joanna Forbes L’Estrange






The Zimbe! Singers
 conducted by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange


Ros Allwood Barbara Christopher (dcs) Alexandra Clarke
Elinor Corp Angie Evans Joanna Forbes L’Estrange *
Nicola Forbes Carol Gedye Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson *
Felicity Hill (dcs) Sandra Janman Kathryn Knight
Susan Lee * Alison L’Estrange Gabrielle Norman (dcs)
Freya Parry Imogen Parry Catherine Ray (dcs)
Tessa Roberts (dcs) Jane Searle Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson
Emily Tanner Juliet Winstone (dcs)



Kirsty Barry Natasha Chong Cathy Davies
Kineret Erez * Alison Everness (dcs) Tessa Forbes
Ann-Christine Harland (dcs) Catherine Jack Katy Jaques
Susan L’Estrange Sue Lucas (dcs) Alwyn Marriage
Zoë Marriage Jo Marshall * Kathryn Parry
Rebecca Ray (dcs) Sue Scarrott (dcs) Beth Selcon (dcs)
Ingrid Terry Diana Thrush Emma Topolski
Kate Webb Deborah Willson



John Berbuto (dcs) Tim Brooke John Duggan
Richard Eteson * Tim Frost William Gedye
David House Christopher Jay * Simon Lesley
Iain Macleod George Parry Bill Payne
Robert Tanner Quentin Thomas Gavin Whitworth



Peter Allwood Andrew Cox Iain Donald
Francis Garcia Alex Knight Henry L’Estrange
Hugh L’Estrange Paul Maddren Ben Parry *
Antony Pitts Ges Ray (dcs) Jes Sadler *
Michael Slater Peter Terry Graham Webb
Stephen Williams (dcs) Nick Wright (dcs)


* = semi-chorus  (dcs) = member of Dorking Choral Society


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