Timothy Brown is director of the internationally-renowned Clare College Choir. He enjoyed his initial musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and later as an alto choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and as a lay clerk at New College, Oxford. After some years as a schoolteacher, he succeeded John Rutter as director of music at Clare College, Cambridge University in 1979, where he is also academic Director of Studies in music.
Timothy has had wide-ranging experience. For a number of years he sang in the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner and he was a founder member of The Scholars vocal ensemble before taking up his present appointment at Clare College. Throughout a busy career as a choral conductor, taking him all over the world, he has worked extensively in the baroque field with period instrument orchestras that include the Academy of Ancient Music, The King’s Consort and the Steinitz Bach Players. For many years he conducted a community chorus in Cambridge, as well as the Cambridge Philharmonic Choral and Orchestral Society. In 1986 he re-founded the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, which he directed in annual performances of all the major Bach and Handel oratorios. He founded the professional London-based chamber choir English Voices, with whom he has explored a wide range of repertoire, including The Silent Land by Giles Swayne for 40 voices and cello, which the ensemble premièred. In 1996 he was chorus master at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, for its production of Handel’s Serse. He has directed a project for the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin, and more recently with RAM, the National Male Voice Choir of Estonia. As chorus master he has worked frequently with René Jacobs in operatic productions in Berlin and Ghent, and in 2007 he will be the chorus master for Rossini's Tancredi. In December 2004 Timothy directed the Jerusalem Chorus and the Choir of London in combined performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as part of the Palestine Bach Festival, in Bethlehem and Ramallah.
Timothy Brown has a keen interest in contemporary music, and he has commissioned new music for various choirs that he has directed, including works by Christopher Brown, Andrew Carter, Nico Muhly, Tarik O’Regan, John Rutter and Giles Swayne.
Timothy Brown conductor