Wilfred Brown
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1922
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Wilfred Brown

Wilfred Brown Biography (Wikipedia)

Wilfred Brown (5 April 1921 – 5 March 1971) was an accomplished English tenor.

He was born in Horsham, Sussex and educated first at Collyer's School, then at Christ's Hospital School, Horsham before winning a scholarship in 1939 to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Brown was a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends. After war-time service with the Friends Relief Service he returned to Cambridge and graduated in 1947. He then moved to University College School, Hampstead where he taught German and French. He left two years later to teach at Bedales School, where he was form master of amongst others Gerald Finzi's two sons before becoming a full-time singer in 1951.

Like fellow Petersfield resident Michael John Hurd, he championed the work of Gerald Finzi, who was a friend. He first sang Finzi's Dies natalis in 1952 under the composer's baton, and was to become Finzi's favoured soloist in several subsequent performances of the work. Brown also gave the first performance of Till Earth Outwears, a posthumous collection of Finzi's settings of poems by Thomas Hardy, in 1957 at Ashmansworth. In 1958, he was co-dedicatee and original performer with the oboist Janet Craxton of Ralph Vaughan Williams' song cycle Ten Blake Songs. In 1963 he recorded what is often cited as the definitive performance of Dies Natalis with the English Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of the composer's son, Christopher Finzi.

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Gerald Finzi
Dies natalis
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Dies natalis
Gerald Finzi
The Salutation (Dies Natalis, Op 8)
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The Salutation (Dies Natalis, Op 8)
Trad.
The Nightingale
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The Nightingale
Benjamin Britten
The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
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The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)
Gerald Finzi
Rhapsody (Dies Natalis)
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Rhapsody (Dies Natalis)
Gerald Finzi
Dies Natalis, Op 8 (3rd mvt, 'The Rapture')
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Dies Natalis, Op 8 (3rd mvt, 'The Rapture')
Thomas Arne
Orpheus With His Lute
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Orpheus With His Lute

Orpheus With His Lute

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Ensemble
Elizabethan Consort
Taylor Consort
John Wilson
Take, O Take Those Lips Away
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Take, O Take Those Lips Away

Take, O Take Those Lips Away

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Ensemble
The Elizabethan Consort of Viols
Joseph Haydn
Missa in Angustiis, H XXII 11, 'Nelson Mass'
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Missa in Angustiis, H XXII 11, 'Nelson Mass'
Gerald Finzi
Dies Natalis Op.8 For Voice And String Orchestra
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Dies Natalis Op.8 For Voice And String Orchestra
Gerald Finzi
Dies Natalis, op.8 - The Salutation
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Dies Natalis, op.8 - The Salutation
Martin Herbst, Charles Smart, Hervey Allan, The McCarthy Singers, Geoffrey Morgan & Wilfred Brown
Forty Days and Forty Nights
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Forty Days and Forty Nights

Forty Days and Forty Nights

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Martin Herbst, Charles Smart, Hervey Allan, The McCarthy Singers, Geoffrey Morgan & Wilfred Brown
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1965: Prom 44
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Royal Albert Hall
1965-09-06T05:13:26
6
Sep
1965

Proms 1965: Prom 44

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1963: Prom 35
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-08-29T05:13:26
29
Aug
1963

Proms 1963: Prom 35

Royal Albert Hall

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