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.


Our next concert will be at 7.30pm on 27th March 2020 in Christ Church, Skipton.  BD23 2NF

We will be singing Victoria, Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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 7.30pm. 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.

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Next Concerts

27th March 2020 in Christ Church, Skipton.  BD23 2NF

Victoria: Lamentations of Jeremiah.


4th July 2020 in St Andrew's Church , Skipton. BD23 2JE

Ariel Ramirez: Missa Criolla and other music from Latin America.

featuring Tempo Feliz:


Welcome All Wonders, 14th December, 2019
Vespers, 9th November, 2019
Such Stuff As Dreams, 7th July, 2019
Such Stuff As Dreams 22nd June, 2019
St John Passion, 9th March, 2019
Sleepers wake, 1st December 2018
Centenary Commemoration WW1, 9th November 2018
Half Way to the Stars, 7th July 2018
Earth Air Fire Water 17th March 2018

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 composers whose works we have sung in the past.

Allegri, Bach, Bairstow, Barber, Bednall, Blow, Boyce, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Byrd, Copeland, Durufle, Dvorak, Elgar, Esenvalds, Faure, Finzi, Gibbons, Grieg, Handel, Harris, Howells, Kirbye, Jackson, Lauridsen, Leighton, Lotti, Macfarren, Mäntyjärvi, Mealor, Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Parry, Parsons, Part, Pearsall, Poulenc, Purcell, Quartel, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Rheinberger, Rogers, Rossini, Rutter, Sandstrom, Stanford, Sullivan, Sweelinck, Tallis, Tavener, Tchaikovsky, Telemann, Vaughan Willliams, Walton, Webb, Weelkes, Whitacre.

Our list keeps growing!



Saturday 9th March 2019

During Lent in 1976, Jane Dobson and I sang in four performances of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Cambridge University Chamber Choir including one at the Maltings, Snape, when Peter Pears sang the part of the Evangelist. Over 40 years later, Jane’s family and friends came together on Saturday at Christ Church to hear her favourite work performed in her memory by the Pinsuti Chamber Choir, under their conductor, Robert Webb.

The small instrumental ensemble balanced the chamber choir well, and the continuo playing of Sarah Evans and Charlie Dobson responded sensitively to the expressive singing of Toby Ward as the Evangelist. Toby has a clear and flexible voice and sang the three tenor arias with a particularly fine interpretation of ‘Ach, mein Sinn’. The beautifully clear soprano, Anna Snow, made good use too of the resonant acoustic of Christ Church and Robert Webb turned from conductor to soloist in a thrilling performance of the alto aria ‘Es is vollbracht’.

The Pinsuti Chamber Choir sang with great clarity, and the pauses before each chorale gave the large audience time to reflect on the intensity of both the words and music. Jane Dobson sang with the Pinsuti Chamber Choir for a number of years, and their performance on Saturday paid a moving tribute to the warmth and friendship that she brought to all her music making.

Jane Harris-Matthews




Friday 7th July 2017.

A healthy and enthusiastic audience was entertained gloriously by the talented Pinsuti choir in their “Alleluia” programme. Although the choir often sings a capella, and this occasion was no exception, in some works they were accompanied by the talented organist Charlie Dobson, along with a brass ensemble of 6 players. The conductor was Robert Webb, who always creates a pleasantly humorous mood to complement his excellent musical skills. The result was a most unusual and enjoyable evening of lively music, in which the full range of dynamics was explored.

Given the theme of the concert, it was clear that the music would be entirely from the religious canon. Unsurprisingly it concluded with a rousing version of the Hallelujah Chorus, in which the combination of brass and organ accompaniment made for an exciting conclusion. In similar vein, and also from the same composer, Handel, we were treated to a performance of the only slightly less well-known Zadok the Priest. In both works the choir’s intonation was crisp, and they operated as a well-practised unit.

The programme included relatively contemporary works by John Taverner (“Song for Athene”, which I found delightful), Stanford, and Eric Whitacre (his lyrical “Alleluia”), but also a selection of earlier pieces from Luis de Victoria and Orlando Gibbons of the late 16th century. If there was a criticism, it was in Gibbons’ “Great King of Gods” where the 6-piece brass section tended to drown the soloists. Although this is a comfortable and welcoming venue, the somewhat echoing acoustics are difficult for such a performance.

The brass ensemble was augmented by Robert Webb himself on trombone for their performance of Vaughan Williams’ “Prelude to the 49th Parallel”, a short but enjoyable piece of film music. And Charlie Dobson, who was an excellent accompanist in the Handel works, gave us a marvellous solo performance of Messiaen’s “Alleluias sereins”, a modern work very much in contrast to the remainder of the programme.

Overall, despite the slight acoustic difficulty, this was a most enjoyable evening, which met with the warm approval of the audience. Pinsuti is based in Skipton and Ilkley, two towns which are very fortunate to have such talent within their midst.

Phil Lawler

...and some comments from the audience:

"Pinsuti is growing in ability, musicality, warmth, balance, quality I could go on, superb program wonderfully executed."

"It was seriously amazing! Made me feel glad to be alive!"

"Quite spine-tingling!"

"Although it was all excellent my personal favourites were the Taverner and the Whitacre, which I thought were sublime."



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 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!

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