Scunsulata is a vocal harmony ensemble based in north-east Norfolk UK. We sing a diverse mixture of songs from a variety of traditions around the world and across the ages. 

Our name means "inconsolable" in the Corsican language.

Our repertoire – all performed a cappella – includes American Shape-Note and gospel music; British and European medieval and renaissance songs; English West Gallery music, folk songs and carols; Georgian and Corsican polyphony; and African songs and dance-songs. 

We also sing material composed within the group.

will be on Saturday, 8th December 2018, 7 p.m. 
at The Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1 BN.
Tickets £7 on the door, or contact me to book.
A feast of a cappella harmonies from around the world, 
with a seasonal flavour. 
Songs from the Basque Country, France, Spain, Georgia, UK and more.

Scunsulata in concert at Framlingham, June 2017. Photo by Ken Saul

Some feedback from our past audiences:

“An inspiring evening of beautiful a cappella harmonies from the four corners of the world, superbly performed by these talented Norfolk singers.” Linda Roast

"Scunsulata are now one of the best close harmony groups, singing a cappella, that you are likely to encounter anywhere.  At the recent concert to launch their new CD the singing was so good I simply did not want the concert to end." Peter Gethin

Our first CD, Scunsulata Live, is on sale at £10 from Scunsulata members and at our concerts;
or please contact me if you'd like me to post you one
(postage and packing will be added to the price).

Our first CD was launched on 12th July, 2015. Photo by Mick Milton

SCUNSULATA live CD tracks:

Woke Up This Mornin’ With My Mind Set On Freedom (USA)

Worldes Blisse (England)

Mravalzhamier (Georgia)

Time and Tide (England)

Cart Gap (England)

Gatehouse (England)

Chasm Lake (USA/England)

Climbin' Up The Mountain (USA)

Tebe Poem (Bulgaria)

(Didn't Leave) Nobody But The Baby (USA)

Una Sañosa Porfía (Spain)

Lord Build Me A Cabin In The Corner Of Glory Land (USA)

Walpole (USA/England)

Wonder Where Is The Gamblin’ Man (USA)

Bressarello (Provence, France)

Ailein Duinn (Outer Hebrides, Scotland)

A Paghjella Di L’Impiccati (Corsica)

Ngilibonile Ikayalami (South Africa)

Panther (USA)


In 2014 we were very pleased to be asked to contribute to the interpretive work at St Benet's Abbey. Five of our men could be heard at the Listening Bench on the archaeological site, singing a piece of plainsong - Puer Natus in Bethlehem .

Sunday 14th June, 2015 at Welborne Arts Festival: we're delighted to have been chosen to provide the soundtrack to their video! You'll also catch a brief glimpse of us in action at 0:27.

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Over the years we've raised money for a variety of local, national and international charities - including the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund, Caister Lifeboat, How Hill Trust, Walpole Old Chapel, and some of our other host venues - and, most recently, Médecins Sans Frontières. Thank you to all the families, friends, venue hosts and audiences who have made this possible.


UNA SAÑOSA PORFÍA, composed by Juan del Encina (1468-1529), from the Cancionero Musical de Palacio.  Sung by Scunsulata at How Hill House, Ludham, Norfolk, UK, 15th September 2013.

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GATEHOUSE: composed by Stephanie Anderson in the shape-note style; a setting of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Crossing the Bar, the third song in a Sea Trilogy. Recorded at St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham on Sunday 30th June, 2013.

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LORD BUILD ME A CABIN IN GLORY LAND: a gospel song by A O Parris,
recorded at St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham on Sunday 30th June, 2013.

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SYLVIE: by Huddie Ledbetter.
Recorded at St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham on Sunday 30th June, 2013.

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A Norwegian blessing: music by Lars Kristian Håkestad.
Recorded at St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham on Sunday 30th June, 2013.

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BRESSARELLO: A traditional Provençal carol, sung by Scunsulata at St Lawrence's Centre, South Walsham, 16th December 2012.

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O, SING TO ME OF HEAVEN: 19th century Shape-Note song/hymn; words by Mary Stanley Bunce Dana, music by Anon; this version is based on an arrangement by Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice. Sung by Scunsulata at our very first performance, in the early hours of Sunday 30th September 2012, at Salhouse Church Singathon.

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