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.


7th July 2017, Christ Church, Skipton at 7.30pm

Alleluia! (with brass ensemble)

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

Summer 2017

Alleluia! (with  brass ensemble)

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


A Rose Without Thorns 24th March 2017
Tidings of Joy, 3rd December 2016
Most Heavenly Music!, 12th November 2016
Midsummer Kaleidoscope, 9th July 2016
Songs of Compassion, 11th March 2016
A Choral Christmas, 12th December 2015
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, Tchaikovsky, Telemann, Vaughan Willliams, Walton, Weelkes, Whitacre.

Our list keeps growing!


Friday March 24th 2017

An audience of around 50 attended another thoroughly enjoyable evening’s music from this gifted and well-trained Ilkley and Skipton based choir of about 20 voices. Most of Pinsuti’s work is a cappella, and this performance was no exception. The opening work, Palestrina’s motet for double chorus “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” was beautifully performed, with perfect balance between the two sections of the choir. This was followed by Taverner’s “Mater Christi Sanctissima”. Since Taverner was a near-contemporary of Palestrina, the religious context of the sixteenth century was maintained, but the programme was to be shared between religion and roses, between ancient and modern.

The choir moved effortlessly to Paul Mealor’s 21st century madrigal settings of four texts relating to roses. The first of these is Tennyson’s “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal”. The last of them, “A Spotless Rose”, provided a lyrical and interesting change from the often-performed, better-known and equally delightful Howells setting.

This was a game of two halves, if I may apply a sporting metaphor. After the interval we were provided with works by Brahms, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky along with Bogorodice Dyevo from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

The evening was completed with Morten Lauridsen’s delightful “Les Chansons des Roses”. Lauridsen is an American composer. This work is one of his song cycles, based on the French text of Rainer Maria Rilke. A helpful translation included in the programme notes, although losing some of the poetic rhythm of the original, enhanced the audience’s appreciation of the music, and its accolade to the said roses.

Directed expertly as ever by Robert Webb, and assisted during the final work by Charles Dobson on piano, Pinsuti were at their best. Their diction, tonal clarity and balance were exemplary. Their repertoire includes some very difficult works, which they master with apparent ease. In the comfortable and intimate setting of Hetton Methodist Church they provided a most satisfying evening.

Phil Lawler 26/3/17

Musical Director

Robert Webb read Music at Merton College, Oxford, where he also held a choral scholarship under Peter Philips (Tallis Scholars) and Benjamin Nicholas. He now lives in Leeds with his wife and young son, and enjoys a varied career as a musician in and around West Yorkshire. Robert teaches music at Skipton Girls' High School and is the choir master at Hipperholme Grammar School. He also teaches brass at Horsforth and Roundhay schools in Leeds, and singing at Queensbury School, Bradford.

Robert directs the Vocal Expressions Ladies Choir, based in Holmbridge, who he led to victory at the prestigious Mrs Sunderland competition in 2016. He also conducts the Pinsuti chamber choir based in Ilkley which has a growing reputation as one of the best choirs in the area. Robert is a founder member and the conductor of The Ascension Singers, a five part a cappella group based around Leeds. Robert also enjoys the opportunity to perform professionally as a baritone soloist and a trumpet player. In any spare time he gets, Robert enjoys playing sport and spending time with his family.

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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