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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