Recording Pioneers


Edmund James PEARSE  ("Ted")1882 - 1958   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

Edmund James PEARSE  ("Ted")1882 - 1958

aka Edmund J. Pearse, E. J. Pearse, Edmund Pearse, E. Pearse, Ted Pearse
nationality
occupation
birth 15 Aug 1882, Marylebone, London (FreeBMD: 1a 528)
baptism 9 Dec 1883, Holy Trinity, Marylebone Road, Westminster
death 9 Aug 1958, Mere, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
burial
marriage married on 11 Dec 1913 in Islington, Greater London, Middlesex to (FreeBMD: 1b 337):
May GRIFFIN

b. .. Apr/May/June 1880, Chester
d. 31 Aug 1931, Uxbridge, Middlesex

children
  • John Edmund

    b. 15/28 April 1916, Petrograd/St Petersburg, RUSSIA
    d. .. July 1988, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

marriage E. J. Pearse re-married in .. Apr/May/June 1942, Eton, Buckinghamshire:
Grace MARTINDALE

b. .... 1916, .........
d. .... 2006, ..........


Grace PEARSE re-married .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1962 in Mere, Wiltshire: Thomas Wolryche/Wolrich Guy STANSFELD

b. 28 Oct 1906, .......
d. .. Oct 1987, Salisbury, Wiltshire



PARENTS

father James Edmund PEARSE (35y)

b. 18 July 1855, Pancras, London, Middlesex
d. 19 Feb 1932, Pancras, London, Middlesex (67y)

mother Susanna(h) Charlotte SMITH

b. .. Apr/May/June 1856, Pancras, London, Middlesex
d. .. Apr/May/June 1895, Pancras, London, Middlesex (FreeBMD: 1a 595) (35y

marriage They got married .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1875, St. Geo. Hanover Square, London, Middlesex
children
  • Jenny Florence

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1876, Pancras, London, Middlesex
    d. ........

  • Edith Blanche

    b. 16 Aug 1878, .....
    d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1956, Harrow, Greater London (78y)) married Ted BEYER

  • Charlotte Emily

    b. 10 Nov 1880, ........
    d. ............

  • Edmund James

    b. 15 Aug 1882, Marylebone, London
    d. 9 Aug 1958, Mere, Wiltshire, ENGLAND

  • Alfred Henry

    b. 1 Aug 1884, Pancras, London, Middlesex
    d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1962, Bridge, Kent, ENGLAND (77y)

  • Sidney George

    b. 3 Mar or May 1889, Kensington, London
    d. .. Apr/May/June 1953, Kensington, London (64y)


LIFE


1881 CENSUS (Marylebone, London, ENGLAND):
James (25y) furrier
Susanna C. (25y) (b. Rotherhithe, London)
- Jenny F. (5y)
- Edith B. (4y)
- Charlotte E. (2m)



1891 CENSUS (St Pancras, London, ENGLAND):
James (35y) furrier
Susannah C. (35y)
- Jenny F. (15y)
- Edith B. (12y)
- Charlotte E. (10y)
- Edmund James (8y)
- Alfred H. (6y)
- Sidney G. (2y)



1901 CENSUS (St Pancras, London, ENGLAND):
James PEARSE (46y, widower) furrier
- Charlotte E. (20y)
- Alfred H. (16y)
- Sidney G. (12y)
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1901 CENSUS (St Pancras, London, ENGLAND):
Edmund J. PEARSE (20y, single) scientific instrument maker



joined The Gramophone Company in March 1909
recorder GRAMCO (ad ae af)
accompanied Fred Gaisberg late autumn (July-October) 1910 in Russia (ae/af series)

Excerpt from letter of !9 Oct 1909 from Will Gaisberg to Fred Gaisberg, who is recording in Milan:

I received a wire from Paris to send an expert on immediately. There is some special theatrical work to be done, and I am shipping Pearse to-night for Paris to return the following night for London, so there is only one day's work.


Resident in St. Petersburg (Russia) from 1909 to 1917


(1) Picture of E. J. Pearse in “Pak me mee” (1e jaargang, No. 5, 1 May 1909. A.W. Segboer, Den Haag)
(2) Picture of Pearse and Tyler (from Jim Pearse)
(3) Picture of Pearse (A recording session in Helsinki, Hotel Kamp, October 1909, with the baritone Eino Rautavaara from the Finnish Opera. From the left: Otto Brandt , Oskar Merikanto, Eino Rautevaara, E. J. Pearse and unknown)
From the collection of Mrs. Anneli Waren Branders.
Inventing recorded music: the recorded repertoire in Scandinavia 1899-1925 by Pekka Gronow and Björn Englund (Journal of Recorded Music, 2007, vol. 26/2, p. 281-304)

address in 1923: Eynsford, Ruislip, Middlesex



Edmund PEARSE
SS "ORDUNA"
4 May 1923, Southampton
14 May 1923, NY
Works Manager The Sperry Gyroscope Co. Ltd., Manhattan Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn (SS "ORDUNA")
(ca. 1934 Hugh Murtagh also worked for the Sperry Gyroscope Company)



Edmund PEARSE (41y) engineer
SS "ORBITA"
dep. New York: .. June 1923
arr. Southampton: 19 June 1923



Edmund PEARSE (49y) engineer
SS "AQUITANIA"
dep. New York: .. Oct 1931
arr. Southampton: 3 Nov 1931



Edmund PEARSE (54y) engineer
SS "QUEEN MARY"
dep. Southampton: 28 Oct 1936
arr. New York: 2 Nov. 1936



Edmund PEARSE (54y) engineer
SS "BERENGARIA"
dep. New York: ..... 1937
arr. Southampton: 11 Jan 1937


CD produced in 2015 by Julian Futter and Michael Aylward (Renoir Records REN 0129).
Contains also recordings by Fred Gaisberg, Max Hampe and Ivor Holmes.




NOTES

  • (1) Picture of E. J. Pearse in “Pak me mee” (1e jaargang, No. 5, 1 May 1909. A.W. Segboer, Den Haag) (Ben Poelman in e-mail van 6-10-2008
  • (2) Picture of Pearse and Tyler (from Jim Pearse)
  • (3) Picture of Pearse (A recording session in Helsinki, Hotel Kamp, October 1909, with the baritone Eino Rautavaara from the Finnish Opera. From the left: Otto Brandt , Oskar Merikanto, Eino Rautevaara, probably E. J. Pearse and unknown)
    From the collection of Mrs. Anneli Waren Branders.
  • Inventing recorded music: the recorded repertoire in Scandinavia 1899-1925 by Pekka Gronow and Björn Englund (Journal of Recorded Music, 2007, vol. 26/2, p. 281-304)
  • The Gramophone Company's Persian Recordings 1899 to 1934 by Michael S. Kinnear. Bajakhana, Victoria, 2000 (p. 11-12)
  • Goulash, Wiener schnitzel and sis kebap: Premier Record by Hugo Strötbaum (in: The Lindström Project. Contributions to the history of the record industry / Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Vol. 4, pp. 128-145 (editors: Pekka Gronow & Christiane Hofer). Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger, Wien 2010. ISBN 978-3-9500502-0-2


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

Edmund Pearse in the Netherlands
A recording session in Helsinki, Hotel Kamp, October 1909, with the baritone
Eino Rautavaara from the Finnish Opera.
From the left: Otto Brandt , Oskar Merikanto, Eino Rautevaara, E. J. Pearse and Emil Hartkopp
Standing in front of the recording horn the tenor Carl Jörn.
Facing him Edmund Pearse.
Sitting at his desk: Recording engineer Edmund Pearse
Recording engineer Edmund Pearse
Recording engineer Edmund Pearse
Fred Tyler, manager of the Tiflis office of the Russian branch (in the middle)
and recording engineer Edmund Pearse (1911-1914).
CD produced in 2015 by Julian Futter and Michael Aylward (Renoir Records REN 0129).
Contains also recordings by Fred Gaisberg, Max Hampe and Ivor Holmes.





THANK YOU


Richard Davies
Pekka Gronow
Alan Kelly
Jim Pearse
Ben Poelman
Timo Wuori