Pinsuti - The Ilkley & Skipton Chamber Choir
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Pinsuti is a group of about 20 singers, some of whom are semi-professional and trained singers.

We take our name from the little-known Victorian composer Ciro Pinsuti. Sacred and secular unaccompanied music forms the core of our performances, which are individually tailored to each venue and audience.

We perform 4 - 5 concerts each year in the Wharfedale - Airedale area. We also enjoy singing at weddings and other events.


12th November 2016, 7.30pm Christ Church, Skipton

Most Heavenly Music! Shakespeare's Musical World

Tickets £8.00 on the door

3rd December 2016, St Andrews Church, Gargrave

Christmas Music

Click for a full list of our music.

The members of the chamber choir come originally from many parts of the UK including parts of England, Ireland and Wales. These days we live in and around Ilkley, travelling from, amongst other places, Gargrave and Leeds.

We vary in age; some of us currently work in such fields as education, medicine, various business and scientific professions and music, whilst others are retired, but equally busy.

We meet each Wednesday at the Friends Meeting House, Ilkley, at 8pm. We currently have vacancies in all parts so potential new singers are welcome. Come along to 2 or 3 rehearsals to see if you enjoy singing with us, and then we'll ask you to take an informal audition.

Would you like to be kept informed about future Pinsuti concerts, events and other news? If so, contact us to be added to our new emailing list. We promise you will not be bombarded with emails!


Next Concerts

12th November 2016, 7.30pm Christ Church Skipton

Most Heavenly Music! Shakespeare's Musical World

Music written in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods and 2 sets of settings of Shakespeare's texts.

Full programme:

Tallis: Salvator mundi , O nata lux , Miserere Nostri

Byrd: Ave verum corpus, Justorum animae

Gibbons: Drop drop slow tears         Mealor: Drop drop slow tears

Gibbons: This is the record of John, O all true faithful hearts

Tallis: Spem in alium

Macfarren: 1. Orpheus with his lute 2. Take, O take those lips away

3. Who is Sylvia?  4. Hark, hark the Lark

Kirbye: See what a maze of error

Gibbons: The silver swan

Byrd: Though Amaryllis Dance

Mäntyjärvi: 4 Shakespeare songs


3rd December 2016, St Andrews Church, Gargrave

Christmas Music

March 2017

A Rose Without Thorns

Music to include pieces by Palestrina, Taverner, Mealor, Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Lauridsen

Summer 2017

Alleluia! (with  brass ensemble)

Music to include pieces by Tavener, Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, Bairstow, Gibbons, Handel, Bruckner, Palestrina, Victoria and Whitacre.


Midsummer Kaleidoscope, 9th July 2016
Songs of Compassion, 11th March 2016
Holy Trinity Skipton., 14th November 2015

You'll see some of our repertoire from the recent concert programmes above.

We sing music from 16th century composers to current works, from Europe and America and usually sing unaccompanied.  The list below includes some, but not all, of the coposers whose works we have sung in the past.

Allegri, Bach, Bairstow, Barber, Blow, Boyce, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Byrd, Copeland, Durufle, Dvorak, Elgar, Gibbons, Grieg, Handel, Kirbye, Lauridsen, Leighton, Lotti, Macfarren, Mäntyjärvi, Mealor, Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Parry, Parsons, Pearsall, Poulenc, Purcell, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Rheinberger, Rogers, Rossini, Rutter, Sandstrom, Stanford, Tallis, Tavener, Telemann, Vaughan Willliams, Walton, Weelkes, Whitacre.

Our list keeps growing!


Musical Director

ROBERT WEBB is a singer, conductor and teacher from Leeds.

He read Music at Merton College, Oxford, during which time he was principal trumpet in the Oxford University Philharmonic Orchestra and Musical Director of the Donut Kings Big Band.

Robert was one of the first choral scholars in the new Choral Foundation, singing Baritone under the tutelage of Giles Underwood and the direction of Peter Phillips (Tallis Scholars) and Ben Nicholas (Reed Rubin Director of Music, Merton).

Robert has toured to Vienna and Paris, giving concerts in the Musikverein and Stephansdom, as well as singing Sunday morning mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Singing became one of Robert’s passions at University and as well as singing with his wife, Jenny, he is also Director of The Ascension Singers, a vocal consort formed in 2011 specialising in Renaissance polyphony and contemporary music (

Robert is the Musical Director of Vocal Expressions, a ladies choir based in the Holme valley.

Robert joined Pinsuti as Musical Director in 2013.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about the choir, would like to be added to our mailing list, are interested in joining us, or would like to book Pinsuti for a concert, event or wedding, please contact our secretary, Monique Kershaw at

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