Born: Ju­ly 24, 1830, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 15, 1926, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land.



Almost com­plete­ly self taught, Brown be­gan play­ing the or­gan at age 10.

He was or­gan­ist of 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.



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