Walter Brooks

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For the American writer, see Walter R. Brooks.

Walter Brooks (1 April 1832 - 14 March 1907) was a Professor of Music[1] and an organist based in Birmingham.


He was born in Longdon, Worcestershire in 1832, to William Brooks and Elizabeth. He was a chorister and assistant organist in Gloucester Cathedral[2] to John Arnott.

He held the position of organist at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham for nearly 44 years until in 1900 he was forced to resign on account of ill health. He also lectured at Queen's College, Birmingham (a predecessor college of the University of Birmingham)[3] giving lessons in music and singing. He was also conductor of the Tamworth Musical Society.[4]

He married Anne Simmons, daughter of Thomas Simmons, on 4 August 1858 in St. Mary's Church, Atherstone, and had the following children:

  • Arthur C Brooks
  • Mary L Brooks
  • Clara Brooks
  • Bertha Brooks


Cultural offices
Preceded by
James Stimpson
Organist of St Martin in the Bull Ring
Succeeded by
Williamson John Reynolds


  1. ^ 1881 Census for England and Wales
  2. ^ Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 20 March 1907
  3. ^ The Ecclesiastical Gazette, 14 September 1858
  4. ^ Birmingham Daily Post 20 January 1860