Ploughcappella is celebrating their 20th anniversary today (November 23) by releasing a brand new song to mark the special occasion tonight.

Based at The Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington, the group have come together after six weeks of zoom rehearsals to create an choir video performance of an uplifting song titled ‘Hidden in the Music’.

The song will have 34 singers performing in beautiful harmony with the aim of bringing some light after a dark and troublesome year.

The project has been funded by Arts Council in England and will hopefully raise funds for The Plough Arts Centre who were set to reopen on the first day of the second coronavirus lockdown.

Alison Whittal, the leader of the choir, said: “It is not the same at all to sing ‘together and apart’ through screens but, at least this opportunity has helped us all to create something beautiful and transformative together.

“I wrote the new song this autumn and was inspired by the heart that unites us and transforms fear into love.”

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Ploughcappella has performed across the South West and has spread their joy, warmth and incredible music to people for 20 years.

Member of the choir L’anne Knight said: “So much pain in the world and Ploughcapella, whilst constantly aware, always takes us to a place of hope and love’

Alison added: “The Plough Arts Centre is an oasis of culture and diverse artistic expression, struggling to survive in times of great challenge.

Choir leader Alison Whittall

“So please enjoy the new song and donate to support this wonderful gem of artistic, creative life, in the crown of North Devon, especially when it reopens on December 10.”

Plough director Richard Wolfenden-Brown congratulated the group’s long success by saying: “Ploughcappella began in the year 2000 when community choirs were few and far between and a cappella choirs were even more rare.

“Alison Whittall gently, but dynamically, wove her musical magic and drew together a large and diverse range of committed local people, who were captivated by the thrill of singing unaccompanied songs from all around the world.

“Alison’s inspirational leadership over 20 years has changed lives, brought smiles to the faces of countless audiences, and warmth to the hearts of all who have participated as choir or audience members.

“Of all the opportunities that The Plough has initiated and supported over the years, Ploughcappella is a very special part of our beacon for the arts, and, best of all, it just gets better and better – even in lockdown.”

You can find the Ploughcappella’s new song ‘Hidden In The Music on their YouTube channel here. It will be going live at 7pm tonight.





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