Tim Brown, who has been Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, UK, since 1979, began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. This was followed by membership of King's College Choir, Cambridge, under the legendary Sir David Willcocks, and by some years as a professional singer (alto), including a spell as a founding member of The Scholars Vocal Ensemble.
His work with the choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and with his professional chorus 'English Voices' (of which is the founder/director) has earned him an international reputation as a choral director, renowned both for his attention to technical detail and for the breadth of his musical interpretations. With Clare College Choir he has toured extensively and has made many CDs, including most recently a world-premiere recording of the Carol Sequence Ex Maria Virgine by Sir John Tavener.
Tim Brown is much in demand as a chorus master around Europe, and has worked on a number of opera projects with René Jacobs and Ivor Bolton, in Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium. In 2008 he assisted René Jacobs in a production of Handel's Belshazzar in Berlin, Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck. He is a popular choral clinician, leading workshops around the United States and Europe. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Music Faculty at Cambridge, and for the past twenty-nine years he has been Director of Studies for Music at Clare College, where he is also a Tutor and Praelector. He is a contributing editor to the William Walton Edition, published by OUP, and is an active composer of choral music.