July 24, 1830, Brentwood, Essex, England.

February 15, 1926, Brentwood, Essex, England.


Almost completely self taught, Brown began playing the organ at age 10. He was organist of the Brentwood Parish Church, Essex (1842–53); St. Edward’s, Romford (1853–58); Brentwood Parish Church (1858–88); St. Peter’s Church, South Weald (from 1889); and Sir Anthony Browne’s School (to 1926). A member of the London Gregorian Association, he helped assemble the Service Book for the annual festival in St. Paul’s Cathedral. He supported the Oxford Movement, and pioneered the restoration of plainchant and Gregorian music in Anglican worship.

Brown edited various publications, including the Altar Hymnal. His other works include settings of the Canticles and the Holy Communion Service, a Children’s Festival Service, anthems, songs, part songs, and over 800 hymn tunes and carols.

  1. Alleluia! Sing the Triumph
  2. Arthur
  3. Dale Abbey
  4. Fields of Gold Are Glowing
  5. Gerran
  6. Holy Church
  7. Holy Rood
  8. If Angels Sang Our Savior’s Birth
  9. Ingatestone
  10. Lammas
  11. O, Sing We a Carol
  12. Purleigh
  13. Redemptor Mundi
  14. Ring On, Ye Joyous Christmas Bells
  15. Romford
  16. Rotherfield
  17. Saffron Walden
  18. St. Anatolius
  19. St. Austell
  20. St. John Damascene
  21. St. Mabyn
  22. St. Sophronius
  23. Story of the Cross
  24. Sweet Child Divine
  25. Tiltey Abbey
  26. When Christ Was Born of Mary Free