Pitchcraft is an auditioned a cappella choir with 60+ members based in Edinburgh.
We sing original arrangements of a wide variety of music, including our trademark mashups and medleys. The choir learns from scores, but we welcome non-music readers and also provide audio tracks to support learning.
Pitchcraft is performance focused and all our performances are off score. In every performance we aim to offer high quality and high entertainment value as well as something a little different. We typically stage one or two of our own public performances a year as well as occasional corporate gigs and private event bookings.
Our members come from all walks of life and from a variety of musical backgrounds. We sing for pleasure and we love to laugh, but we are also passionate and committed to being the very best we can be. We value and encourage teamwork, fun, mutual respect and kindness.
Pitchcraft is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and all singers are members of the charity. A board of trustees is elected from the members and formally oversees the running of the charity. Day to day running of the choir is supported by volunteer leads and teams of members who contribute a wide range of useful skills including logistics support, event management, marketing and social media.
Lindsey is a musical director, singer and choral composer, who has always been driven by a passion for music and for making music accessible to all.
Growing up in Aberdeenshire, she performed as a soprano and as a percussionist in several youth and
amateur orchestras both in Aberdeens and Edinburgh. She is an experienced choral singer, having sung with a range of choirs across Edinburgh and Scotland including NYCOS, Haddo House Choral Society and St Andrew Camerata. She is the founding musical director of Cat Like Tread, a Gilbert and Sullivan theatre group performing in the Fringe, which enjoyed a sold out run of Pirates of Penzance in 2023.
Lindsey is an energetic, enthusiastic director and is both thrilled and honoured to be leading Pitchcraft into their new era.
Founding Musical Director Andrew Russel
1969 - 2021
Andrew Russel founded Pitchcraft in October of 2015, building on many years of experience directing choirs in Peebles (his hometown), Edinburgh and beyond.
His ability to inspire and motivate, together with his sense of fun, his drive for quality and of course incredible musical talent provided many wonderful and memorable moments for both singers and audiences.
In August of 2019, Andrew was diagnosed with cancer and very sadly died in June 2021. He leaves behind a far-reaching legacy, and the values of teamwork, fun, mutual respect and kindness which he instilled remain at the core of Pitchcraft today.
We are incredibly grateful to have continued access to the fantastic arrangements which Andrew created for us, ensuring that a little of that Russel magic can be part of Pitchcraft for many years to come. Some of Andrew’s arrangements are also available for other choirs to purchase and perform and can be found by following the link below.