Our Musical Director
Andrew Walker is the current Musical Director of Affinity.
Andy has been singing and harmonizing ever since he can remember, having grown up performing vocal duets with his brother, playing violin in school and county youth orchestras, singing in various choirs and performing in several covers bands on Bass Guitar and Vocals.
He started out singing barbershop by stepping in to help his father’s quartet, ‘Bravo Four’ during 1993 when they needed a substitute Bass at short notice for a performance, and then soon found himself performing with them on a permanent basis.
He subsequently joined the ‘Wye Valley Chorus’ in Monmouthshire and became Section Leader, Assistant Director and eventually took over as Musical Director in 2001.
He later went on to form one of South Wales’s foremost male a cappella groups, ‘Synergy’, as one of its co-directors, and even though he has relocated to the North West, still has a close association with the group and its members.
Andy has also enjoyed the privilege of being in several successful quartets. His first competitive quartet within the British Association of Barbershop Singers was ‘Q.E.D.’ who formed in the summer of 2004. After a little over 3 years on the contest circuit, they won the gold medal to become BABS Quartet Champions in 2007.
Further quartet success followed with‘Crossfire’, who became the 2011 BABS Quartet Champions, and he is very proud to have represented the UK in both chorus and quartet competitions at International level.
As well as dedicating his time to Affinity Show Choir, Andy also sings with the Sheffield-based ‘Hallmark of Harmony’ chorus and his latest quartet ‘The Locksmiths’, who are the current UK BABS Silver Medallist quartet.
Andy is married to Lorna, also a Gold medal winning quartet singer, and when they are not working or involved in various singing activities (which isn’t that often!), they enjoy spending time with family and friends, quiet nights in, movies, and the occasional walk (if the weather’s good!).
As well as competing Affinity like to support local charities especially Beechwood Cancer Care, who we have now collaborated with forming Beechwood Choir.
Over the years there have been many quartets from Affinity who have competed and we are lucky enough to have two current gold medalists on our risers from Tone-Acity, we also have Halo who will be competing at LABBS 2017.