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Alexander L’Estrange has done it again! Following the success of Zimbe! he has created another brilliantly inventive cantata for massed choirs and band, incorporating catchy tunes, toe-tapping shanties and some touching musical moments which is engaging and accessible. Choirs of all ages will love performing this piece. I loved every second of it!
Ben Parry, composer & director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Singing Ahoy! has had a huge impact on our children. They feel part of a musical community, and the excitement of appearing on stage at the first performance will never be forgotten.  Our youngest singer, Molly aged 6, summed it up the following day – ‘When can we sing it again?!’
Andrew Jackson, musical director of the Castle Primary School Choir, Portsmouth

Sailing proudly in the wake of Zimbe!, Alexander L’Estrange has come up with a nautical winner in ‘Ahoy!’, full of good tunes to sing, vibrant rhythmic drive and (so important to all choral directors) music that will be fun to rehearse as well as to perform.  
Jonathan Willcocks, composer & choral director

There is something profoundly inspiring, exciting and moving about bringing together singers of all ages and backgrounds. Ahoy! achieves this magnificently, combining brilliant melodies, vivacious versions of old favourites and poignant new settings. The audience loved it, and the performance has inspired schools and singers across our city: new partnerships have been forged, new choirs formed, new pieces written and new plans formed for the coming years.
Sam Gladstone, director of music, Portsmouth Grammar School & conductor of world premiere of ‘Ahoy!’,

Thanks again for a wonderful day working on Ahoy! with us on Tuesday.  You really were outstanding in every way.  You pitched the challenge level perfectly for all ages and abilities which is a real skill. I’ve had lots of very positive feedback.
Bryan Postlethwaite, director of music, Wyvern College, Hampshire

Just a quick email to say a really massive thank you for all your input yesterday.  I must have heard the word ‘inspirational’ said of you about five times!  We all felt the whole occasion was a huge success and one of our most successful concerts.  We love singing with the band and I hope we will sing together again before too long.  Do keep us in mind for the next piece you write – maybe we could sing the premier!
Jan Burnell Chair, Stevenage Choral Society

These songs have taught our choir so much about dynamics and facial expressions. I want to let you know that got a standing ovation from everyone in the crowd at our performance. My favourite part is the beginning of Up She Rises, it made the crowd go wild!
Thankyou so much for composing and letting us sing Ahoy! I’ve never had so much fun learning pieces of music. It was a blast because of the way we were able to express ourselves in Sam’s Gone Away and Up she Rises. My men’s choir experience couldn’t have been any cooler this year!
Payton Smith and Niccolo Ottolenghi Kinnard Middle School Choir, Colarado, USA

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Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose CD

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Professionally sung SATB learning CDs are also now available.

Ahoy! Premiere: Portsmouth 24 June 2013

On Monday 24 June 2013 the Portsmouth Guildhall was the setting for the premiere of Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose as part of the Portsmouth Festivities.  Watch the premiere of Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

From Zimbe! to Ahoy!

“Full fathom five African music lies: of its bones are chorales made. Zimbe! makes pearls that were its tunes: nothing of Africa that might fade but now enjoys a sea-change into something rich, and L’Estrange.”
Mike Wilmott
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