Originally formed from the West Mercia Police Choir in 1976, Arrow Vale Singers is a long running community choir based in Redditch (Worcestershire).
With a catalogue of music nearing 300 pieces and spanning multiple genres of music there is something for everyone in the programme including traditional choral pieces, classical, Opera and Operetta, Musical Theatre, Pop, Film Scores, Jazz, spiritual and folk music.
In addition to our own fundraising concerts we have been privileged to be invited to perform at several events in Redditch and the surrounding areas including; Choirs at the Palace, St Laurence Church fundraising concert, The Redditch Dance and Music festival, Carols by Candle Light at Singletons Nursery and the annual Switching on of Webheath's Christmas Tree Lights to name but a few.
Arrow Vale Signers are "ably marshalled" by our talented Music Director Jack Brookes (BMus). A Conservatoire alumnus he graduated in 2017 with the principal instrument of the Harpsichord. As well as being the MD for Arrow Vale Singers, Jack is also the founder and Director of Rococo Revival Early Music Ensemble: a Chamber music ensemble specialising in Early music and currently in residence at St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Early in his career Jack was the Assistant Music Director for Icknield Male Voice Choir and involved as a pianist with St Chad's Outreach Programmes and St Chad's Junior Choir.
Jack is also an accomplished singer who has performed in a variety of prestigious events including a BBC aired Easter Mass Choral performance in St Peter's Basilica.
Arrow Vale Singers are incredibly pleased that he will often agree to perform solo's at concerts.
Additionally, Jack is embarking on a promising career within Video Game and Film score and Arrow Vale Singers are proud to say that they have performed a handful of his compositions during his tenure as MD.
Arrow Vale Singers' accompanist, Chris Walk, is an accomplished pianist and organist who studied under the Birmingham Oratory.
To include everything Chris has achieved during his long career would require a website of its own. However, some notable highlights include being recorded by the BBC, touring France and performing; in the Vatican for Pope Paul VI, concerts at St Peter's and the Oratory in Rome as well as an impromptu performance in the Vatican Catacombs.
Chris also plays the Banjolele and Bass Guitar and in his youth could be found performing with 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 who regularly perform at Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Worcester Cathedral. Additionally, Chris often a guest accompanist for the Half Circle Singers (based in Streetly). Chris also finds time to be a regular Church Organist, having played at his local parish church for over 40 years now.
Arrow Vale Singers is also privileged to be able to provide soloist singers and musicians from its ranks who regularly perform in our concerts.
As with most groups and organisations Arrow Vale Singers is run by a Committee. At present we have four members each with different backgrounds and skills. The Committee is elected at the AGM each year and serves their role for 1 year, officially standing down just prior to the AGM.
Chairperson: Louise Carr
Vice Chairperson: Sandra Bowler
Treasurer: Aly Hawkins
Secretary: Helen Wilkes
Supporting the Committee is the Music Committee, who make decisions regarding programming and new music acquisition. The diverse musical backgrounds of the Music Committee enable the team to make informed decisions regarding the overall program.
Chairperson: Jack Brookes (BMus)
Committee Members: Janet Fryer, Richard Needham and Helen Wilkes.
// Origin: Redditch
// Genres: Classical, Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Opera and Operetta, Pop, Spiritual
// Years Active: 1976 - Present
Established in 1976 Arrow Vale Singers is a Redditch based community choir. Guided and lead by Music Director Jack Brookes (Bmus) and supported by accompanist Chris Walk, the choir provides a versatile repertoire from Opera to Folk music.
Arrow Vale Singers is proud of it's local ties and are often invited to perform at events in Redditch and the Surrounding area. In recent years this has included; Music and Dance festivals, Church fundraisers, Choirs at the Palace and the switching on of Christmas lights to name but a few.
With a library of nearly 300 pieces it is not possible to list everything that we can perform. As such the following sample list is taken from the 2018 and 2019 Arrow Vale Singers program of music (listed in alphabetical order).
Abide with Me: William H. Monk and Henry F. Lyte
Africa: Paigh and Porcaro (arr. Emerson)
All I Ask of You: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Amazing Grace: Trad. (arr. Milt Rogers)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: Eric Idle (arr. Mac Huff)
Best of Bond: various composers (arr. Ned Ginsburg)
Blue Skies: Irving Berln (arr. Zegree)
Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen (arr. Mark Brymer)
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Simon and Garfunkel (arr. Clyde Sechler)
Bright Eyes: Garfunkel
Bring Him Home:
Bring me Sunshine: Arthur Kent (arr. Christopher Hussey)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (TTBB arrangement): Madden and Edwards
California Dreamin': Philips (arr. Rogers)
Cantique de Jean Racine: Gabriel Paure (edited by Desmond Ratcliffe)
Castle on a Cloud: Boubil and Schonberg
Catch a Falling Star: Vance and Pockriss (arr. Ades)
Climb Ev'ry Mountain: Rodgers and Hammerstein (arr. Charles Smith)
Comedy Tonight: Stephen Sondheim (arr. Greg Gilpin)
Come to the Fair: Easthope Martin
Danny Boy: Dred E. Weatherly (arr. Steven Porter)
Deep River: Trad. (arr. Parker and Shaw)
Down by the Riverside: Trad. (arr. Rutter)
Do You Hear the People Sing: Schonberg and Kretzmer (arr. Ed Lojeski)
For the Beauty of the Earth: Rutter
From a Distance: Julie Gold (arr. Chinn)
Gaelic Blessing: John Rutter
Hallelujah: Cohen (arr. Emerson)
Hushabye Mountain: Sherman and Sherman (arr. Andy Beck)
I Believe/ Ave Maria: Bach/Gounod, Drake/Graham
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing: Backer, Davis, Cook and Greenway (arr. Rogers)
If Ye Love Me: Tallis
Jesus Christ Superstar Medley: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Neil Slater)
Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Medley: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Roger Emerson)
Let There Be Peace on Earth: Miller and Jackson
Linden Lea: Vaughn Williams (arr. Somerwell)
Love Changes Everything: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Shaw)
Make You Feel My Love: Bob Dylan (arr. Jeremy Birchall)
Masquerade: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Ed Lojeski)
Memory: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. David Cullen)
Miss Saigon Medley: Boublil and Schonberg (arr. Lojeski)
Moon River: Mancini and Mercer (arr. Clay Warnick)
Mull of Kintyre: McCartney and Laine (arr. Sansom)
My Favorite Things: Rodgers and Hammerstein (arr. Paris Rutherford)
Oklahoma: Rodgers and Hammerstein
Old Mother HubbardL Alfred Wheeler
One Day More: Claude-Michel Schonberg (arr. Mark Brymer)
Rhythm of Life: Fields and Colman (arr. Richard Barnes)
Selection from Guys and Dolls: Loesser (arr. Huff)
Selection from Porgy and Bess: Gershwin (arr. Warnick)
Send in the Clowns: Stephen Sondheim (arr. Robert Beadell)
Sky Fall (SSAA arrangement): Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (arr. Paul Langford)
Shine: Barlow, Owen, Robson, Orange and Donald (arr. Hussey)
Somewhere: Berstein (arr. Page)
Speed Your Journey: Verdi
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Sherman and Sherman (arr. Mac Huff)
Sunrise, Sunset: Bock (arr. Leydon)
Thank You For the Music: Ulvaeus and Andersson
The Dam Busters E. Coates (arr. Felton Rapley)
The Entertainer: Scott Joplin (arr. Harry Simeone)
The Farmer and the Cowman: Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Green Leaves of Summer: Tiomkin and Webster
The Heavens are Telling: Hayden
The Long and Winding Road: Lennon and McCartney
The Lord is my Sherpherd: Psalm 23 (arr. Howard Goodall)
The Phantom of the Opera: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Ed Lojeski)
The Sound of Music Medley: Rodgers and Hammerstein (arr. John Leavitt)
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak TreeL Irwin Levine
Tonight: Bernstein and Sondheim (arr. William Stickles)
To the Moon: Jack Brookes (lyrics from the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Tragedy: Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb (arr. Roger Emerson)
Up Where We Belong: Buffy Saint-Marie and Will Jennings (arr. Carl Strommen)
Uist Tramping Song: Bannerman and McDonald (arr. Hugh S. Roberton
Wishing you were Somehow Here Again: Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Barrie Carson Turner)
Yesterday: Paul McCartney
You are my Sunshine (SSAA arrangement): David and Mitchell (arr. Smurthwaite)
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Chairperson: Louise Carr
Secretary: Helen Wilkes |