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Pinsuti

The Ilkley & Skipton Chamber Choir

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.

Vacancies

Pinsuti currently has vacancies for singers in all voices. Choir members need to be able to read music and be reasonably confident about sight reading and holding a line.

We are a friendly choir who enjoy singing together and our concerts are hugely enjoyed by both audiences and singers.

We rehearse in The Friends Meeting House on Queens Road Ilkley LS29 9QJ on Wednesday evenings between 8.00 and 9.30.  The committee has recommended that singers bring a mask to wear when they are not singing and recommend that they take a lateral flow test the night before the rehearsal.

There is free street parking along Queens Road.

If you are interested, 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.  To arrange this, please contact info@pinsuti.org  One of our committee members will reply within a few days.

Concert Dates

We have one more concert planned for 2021:

Heav'n's Moving Light - a Christmas Concert

7.00 pm  Saturday 11th December, in St Michael the Archangel Church, Kirkby Malham, Skipton BD23 4BS.

We will be singing a wonderful range of music, including some choral favourites: the centuries old "In Dulci Jubilo" and "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" by Pretorius, with well-known carols "God rest you merry gentlemen" and "The Infant King", and then moving across the Atlantic to enjoy some American carols in quite different styles.  Alongside these we have more modern music, some relatively well known, such as Warlock's "Bethlehem Down"' and some music written in the last few years, including an arrangement of the "Sussex Carol" by our previous Musical Director, the late Michael Howell; "A Spotless Rose" by our current Musical Director ,Robert Webb; Lauridsen's fabulous "O Nata Lux"; and two very recently composed Christmas works by Matthew Oglesby.

Tickets cost £10 to include a drink in the interval and can be purchased from choir members, from eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heavns-moving-light-a-delight-of-christmas-music-from-the-us-and-the-uk-tickets-191940458077or on the door.

We hope to have more concerts in 2022, please come back for details later.

Recent Concert Programmes

Welcome All Wonders December 2019

Monteverdi Vespers November 2019

Such Stuff As Dreams July 2019

Such Stuff As Dreams June 2019

St John Passion March 2019

Repertoire

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

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

Allegri, Bach, Bairstow, Barber, Bednall, Blow, Boyce, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Byrd, Copland, Duruflé, Dvořák, Elgar, Ešenvalds, Fauré, Finzi, Gibbons, Grieg, Handel, Harris, Howells, Kirbye, Jackson, Lauridsen, Leighton, Lotti, Macfarren, Mäntyjärvi, Mealor, Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Parry, Parsons, Pärt, Pearsall, Poulenc, Purcell, Quartel, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Rheinberger, Rogers, Rossini, Rutter, Sandström, Stanford, Sullivan, Sweelinck, Tallis, Tavener, Tchaikovsky, Telemann, Vaughan Willliams, Walton, Webb, Weelkes, Whitacre.

Our list keeps growing!

Musical Director

Robert Webb is a conductor and teacher from Leeds. After reading Music at Merton College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar under Peter Philips (Tallis Scholars) and Ben Nicholas (Reed Rubin Director of Music), Robert moved back to Leeds to train as a Music teacher.

Robert has conducted numerous choirs around West Yorkshire, and as well as being Musical Director of Pinsuti, is also Music Director of Skipton Choral Society, most recently directing a performance of John Rutter's Magnificat. He holds instrumental teaching posts at Horsforth and Roundhay schools in Leeds, and was recently appointed Trumpet and Singing teacher at the Grammar School at Leeds.

Robert works part-time in order to look after his son, Arthur, who doesn't really have a choice about being musical. In any spare time, Robert enjoys playing and watching American Football, and has even managed to convince his wife to start playing too!

Contact Us

If you'd like some more information about us or would like to talk to us about singing at your event, please get in touch with us at info@pinsuti.org.uk.  One of our committee members will reply within a few days.

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