Born May 18, 1866, London, the son of an English organist, he was brought to America in 1873 and studied with S. P. Warren and Archer. In 1888-92 he was organist of the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, in 1892-98 at San Francisco, in 1899- 1907 at Atlanta, in 1908-10 at Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, and since 1912 at St. Patrick's Church in Chicago and also theory-teacher at the Metropolitan Conservatory. In 1901 he was soloist at the Royal Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, and appeared at the World's Fairs at St. Louis in 1904 and at Jamestown in 1907. In Philadelphia he gave over 500 concerts and has been heard in recital in most of the larger cities. He designed the great organ in the Medinah Temple in Chicago... At Atlanta he conducted the Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Festival for three years. In 1914 he was elected to the Royal Philharmonic Academy in Rome, and in 1916-19 was dean of the Illinois Chapter of the A. G. O... (Grove's Dictionary of music and musicians : American supplement, 1920, vol 6)
Apart from composing and performing music for the organ, Brown also taught organ theory and functioned as an organ designer.