JACK BROOKES – Music Director (MD)
Jack Brookes is our talented Music Director (MD). He is a Birmingham Conservatoire Alumnus who graduated in 2017 with the principle instrument of the Harpsichord.
As well as being the MD for Arrow Vale Singers he is also the founder and Director of Rococo Revival Early Music Ensemble: a Chamber music ensemble specialising Early Music, currently in residence at St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Jack is involved with several choirs including: Icknield Male Voice Choir (Assistant Director) and the St Chad’s Cathedral Choir as a chorister and has travelled to Vatican City, Rome with them when they were invited to sing Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. This performance was aired on BBC radio. Additionally, Jack is the pianist for St Chad’s Choral Outreach Programme and St Chad’s Cathedral Junior Choir.
Outside of music Jack is took up archery at the age of 13, becoming the county champion in the under 14, under 16, under 18 and adult categories. He has competed for the West Midlands and was part of the winning team in the Midland inter-county match in 2015.
CHRIS WALK – Accompanist
Chris grew up in Birmingham and learnt to play the piano and organ at the Birmingham Oratory from the age of 11. He was a member of St Philip’s Grammar School Choir for eight years during the 70’s, some of the most memorable occasions being recordings for the BBC, concert tours in France, singing in the Vatican for Pope Paul VI, concerts at St Peter’s and the Oratory in Rome, plus an impromptu performance in the Vatican catacombs.
After leaving school he joined a dance band in his spare time, playing banjelele and bass guitar and covering regular events throughout the length and breadth of the Midlands. This was followed by stints with various local bands, covering a variety of styles including rock, pop, blues, soul, country and Irish music. Of late Chris has been involved in accompanying the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for the past 8 years, highlights include concerts at Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall for the St Georges Day concerts, and Worcester Cathedral for the annual EAMVC concert. He is also called upon occasionally to be guest accompanist for the Half Circle Singers based in Streetly, whose recent achievements include Benjamin Britten’s “St Nicholas”. Chris also finds time to be a regular church organist, having played at the local parish church for over 40 years now