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A Capella...or, as we like to call it, Alpaca

You've seen (or heard of) 'Pitch Perfect', you've spotted that Gareth Malone has a new programme, 'The Naked Choir' just what is 'a Cappella' and why is it suddenly everywhere?

It appears that a Cappella became more mainstream in 2011, with 2012's 'Pitch Perfect' cementing its place in our hearts, ensuring it's continuing success and leaving us to expect all a Cappella performances to not only have perfect harmonies, but to also have interesting staging and movement. 

A cappella [(ah kuh-pel-uh)] is defined as "Choral singing performed without instruments". The expression means “in chapel style” in Italian. Centuries ago, religious music composed for use in chapels — which, unlike large churches, had no organs — was usually for voices only.

In recent years, a much more modern twist has been put on this traditional singing style and although it is technically defined as singing without instrumental accompaniment, some groups use their voices to emulate instruments: as demonstrated in films such as 'Pitch Perfect' and by groups such as Pentatonix, an a Cappella group from Arlington, Texas. Watch their fantastic 'Evolution of Beyonce'.  Out of the Blue are an Oxford based a Cappella group, catapulted into the limelight after their 'Britain's Got Talent' appearance in 2011. Injecting humour into their performances and videos, Out of the Blue can be seen shimmying to artists such as Shakira in their suits all while maintaining perfect pitch. 

Other groups remain more traditional and focus on harmonising, perfectly demonstrated in this beautifully haunting version of 'Ave Maria'.

A cappella styles can range from gospel music to contemporary to barbershop quartets and choruses.

inChoir have dabbled with a Cappella in our arrangement of 'Steal Away', using dynamics and beautiful harmonies to create a powerful performance.

Do you have any suggestions for songs that inChoir could perform in a traditional a Cappella arrangement? Email them to us! (Traditional please, unless any of the sopranos fancy a bit of beat boxing!?) 

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