The useful plough

Written in 1936, this Unison song presents a countryside idyll. A few gentle time signature changes await, but this simple song can easily be enjoyed by all.

Vocal difficulty: 2 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 1 of 5


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Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.


A resource to help students explore the musical elements of The Useful Plough:
- Chord inversions
- Tied notes and syncopation

Lesson Plans

A KS2 lesson plan for The Useful Plough, exploring seven suggested subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology


Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Anon - 'Lighter Verse' - King's Treasuries

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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