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 (Tallis, Rachmaninov, Bruckner, Purcell, Byrd, Grieg, Debussy, Victoria, Monteverdi, Palastrina) 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, Christ Church Skipton

3rd December 2016, St Andrews Church, Gargrave

Click for a full list of our music.

The members of the chamber choir lead varied lives when we are not singing.

We 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.

Some facts about us:first adult experience of choral singing in Addis Ababa; learnt to play the recorder with hands the wrong way round; planted 1000 trees in 2010; Esperanto speaker; ex-glider pilot; sang to the Secretary General of the U.N. at 26,000 feet above the Atlantic.


Despite this variety we enjoy singing together and hope our audiences will equally enjoy our choice of music, some of which is not so frequently heard.

We meet each Wednesday at the Friends Meeting House, Ilkley, at 8pm. Join us and add to our mix if you like singing. We currently have vacancies in all parts. 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 with a small number of other singers.

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, Christ Church Skipton

3rd December 2016, St Andrews Church, Gargrave

Previous Concerts

Holy Trinity Skipton., 14th November 2015
St John's Ben Rhydding, 14th March 2014
Vocal Expressions and Pinsuti Holmfirth 6th July 2013
Pinsuti Ascention Choirs Skipton Wed 27 Mar 2013
Christ Church, Skipton, December 2012, 10th November 2012
St Mary's, Burley in Wharfdale, 10th November 2012
Christ Church, Skipton, 7th July 2012
St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby in Malhamdale - Saturday March 17th 2012.
St. Margaret's Ilkley - 19th June 2011.
Settle (19th November 2011) and Skipton (26th November 2011).


An article about a composition by Pinsuti's former conductor, Michael Howell, and its performance by The Settle Orchestra, The Holy Trinity (Skipton) Church and Pinsuti, has appeared in The Yorkshire Times here .


ALLEGRI Miserere
BACH Lobet den Herrn
BARBER Agnus Dei
BLOW God spake sometime in visions
BOYCE O where shall wisdom be found
BRAHMS Geistliches Lied
BRITTEN Hymn to the virgin
BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb
BYRD Mass for 4 voices
COPELAND Four Motets
DURUFLE Tu es Petrus
DVORAK Mass in D
ELGAR My love dwelt in a northern land
GIBBONS The silver swan
GRIEG Ave maris stella
HANDEL Zadok the priest
IRELAND Greater love
LASSUS Timor et tremor
LAURIDSEN O nata lux
LEIGHTON Lully lulla
LOTTI Crucifixus a 8
MENDELSSOHN Hear my prayer
MENDELSSOHN Verleih uns Frieden
PALESTRINA Exsultate Deo
PARRY I was glad
PEARSALL In dulci jubilo
PEARSALL Lay a garland
POULENC Motets pour un temps de penitence
POULENC O magnum mysterium
PURCELL Jehova quam multi sunt
PURCELL Hear my prayer
PURCELL O sing unto the lord
RACHMANINOV Bogoroditsye
RAVEL Trois beaux oiseaux
RHEINBERGER Abendlied2000
ROGERS Blue moon
ROSSINI O salutaris hostia
RUTTER Requiem
STANFORD Beati quorum
STANFORD Justorum animae
STANFORD Blue bird
TELEMANN Nun kommt der Heiden Heiland
WALTON Coronation Te Deum
WEELKES Hosannah to the Son of David

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 choirmaster and singing teacher at Hipperholme Grammar School and has recently been appointed Musical Director of Vocal Expressions, a ladies choir based in the Holme valley.

Robert is excited to be returning to Pinsuti as Musical Director after a successful stint in the spring of 2012.


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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