This noted British singer and choral conductor began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He studied as a musical scholar at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and then entered King's College, Cambridge, under David Willcocks as an alto choral scholar. At Cambridge, he built and refined his skills as a choral director while concentrating on music of the Renaissance.
He became a lay clerk at the New College in Oxford (1968 - 1969) and taught in schools for the next ten years. Upon leaving Cambridge, Brown sang for several years with a vocal ensemble called the Scholars and with several of the leading choirs in London, including the Monteverdi Choir. In 1979, he began serving as the director of music at Clare College, where he was also a fellow and director of studies in music. He retired from that position in 2010, and the following year, he was asked to form a choral ensemble to work alongside the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, which he led until 2016. Brown also re-established the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and founded the ensemble English Voices. He has also conducted the Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, the Cambridge Village College Choral Society, the New Cambridge Singers, and London's Canticum Novum.