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

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

Almost com­plete­ly self taught, Brown be­gan play­ing the or­gan at the age 10. He was or­gan­ist of the Brentwood Par­ish Church, Es­sex (1842-1853); St. Ed­ward’s, Rom­ford (1853-1858); Brent­wood Parish Church (1858-1888); St. Pe­ter’s Church, South Weald (from 1889); and Sir An­tho­ny Browne’s School (-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. Arthur
  2. Gerran
  3. Ho­ly Church
  4. Ho­ly Rood
  5. Lammas
  6. Purleigh
  7. Redemptor Mundi
  8. Saffron Walden
  9. St. Anatolius
  10. St. Austell
  11. St. John Damascene
  12. St. Mabyn
  13. St. Sophronius