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Timothy Brown (conductor)

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. He went on to become a lay clerk at New College, Oxford, and later as a schoolteacher for a number of years.[1]

Timothy Brown
Timothy Brown.jpg
Brown conducting in Innsbruck
Born (1946-12-09) 9 December 1946 (age 71)
Nationality English
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Occupation Conductor
Known for Choral conductor, choirmaster of Clare College, Cambridge

In 1979 he succeeded John Rutter as Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge and Director of Choir of Clare College Cambridge. 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] and musician and plant-collector Jeremy Thurlow.

He 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, he retired as Director of Music at Clare College, and became Visiting Director of the choir of Robinson College, Cambridge, aiding its meteoric rise in the choral world.[7][8] In 2011 he founded The Zürich Singing Academy;[9] he now divides his time between Zurich and Cambridge.

Preceded by
John Rutter
Director of Music,
Clare College, Cambridge

1979–2010
Succeeded by
Graham Ross

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Robinson College Chapel Choir Page". Robinson College. 
  9. ^ About. Sing-akademie.ch (27 January 2014).