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Timothy Brown (conductor)

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Timothy Brown
Brown conducting in Innsbruck
Born (1946-12-09) 9 December 1946 (age 77)
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
Known forChoral conductor, choirmaster of Clare College, Cambridge

Timothy (Tim) Brown (born 9 December 1946) is an English choral conductor.



He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and later an alto choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks.



Following his time in college, Tim went on to become a lay clerk at New College, Oxford, and later worked as a schoolteacher for a number of years.[1]

In 1979 he succeeded John Rutter as Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge and Director of the college choir. In his time at Clare he released several acclaimed recordings with the choir (largely on the Naxos label) by composers including Rutter, Vaughan Williams and Stainer.[2]

In 1986 he re-founded the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, directing annual performances of all the major Bach and Handel oratorios. He later founded the London-based professional chamber choir, English Voices.[3]

Many of his students have gone on to form successful careers in music, notably Norwich Cathedral organist David Dunnett,[4] conductors Nicholas Collon and Robin Ticciati, and musician and plant-collector Jeremy Thurlow.

Tim is known as one of the best living choral conductors in the world.[5][6]

He has edited a number of choral volumes for Faber Music and is a contributing editor to the complete edition of music by William Walton, published by Oxford University Press.[5]

In 2010, after 30 years in the role, he retired as Director of Music at Clare College, and became Visiting Director of the choir of Robinson College, Cambridge.[7] In 2011 he founded The Zürich Singing Academy;[8] he now divides his time between Zurich and Cambridge.


  1. ^ Timothy Brown. Palestinemusicfestivals.org.
  2. ^ Naxos label website http://www.naxos.com/
  3. ^ "English Voices Homepage". Archived from the original on 18 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Norwich Cathedral Profile". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Hickman, Pamela. (6 July 2011) Pamela Hickman's Music Interviews Blog: British conductor Timothy Brown talks about his career till now, his future plans and about conducting professional- and amateur choirs. Pamelahickmansmusicinterviews.blogspot.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Choir Biography". Archived from the original on 27 July 2013.
  7. ^ White, Michael. "Lift up your voices in praise of our brilliant British choirs". Telegraph.
  8. ^ About. Sing-akademie.ch (27 January 2014).
Preceded by Director of Music,
Clare College, Cambridge

Succeeded by