Recording Pioneers- Part 4

Trevor Lloyd Williams   “The money behind the music” Name:                        Trevor Lloyd Williams          Born:                         18 July 1859, Deudraeth Castle, Penrhynd, Merionethshire, Wales Resident:                  London Occupation:             Solicitor, The first major British investor and registered The Gramophone Company in the United Kingdom in 1898 with William Barry Owen Loves:                       Classical music, Law, Travelling,Continue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 4”

Mystery Object # 3 Answer

Full points to Rob, Andy and Russell who deftly identified last weeks Mystery Object of the Week as an early Tin Foil Phonograph. Object: Modified Tin Foil Phonograph Maker Archibald H.Irvine, 1877 This is a rare hand-driven modified Edison tin foil phonograph on a heavy mahogany base with mahogany trunnions and speaker/reproducer mounts (one withContinue reading “Mystery Object # 3 Answer”

Syria Lamonte

The Hound would like to thank Mr Tony Locantro for sending these rare images of one of the first recording artists  for the Gramophone Company, Miss Syria Lamonte. By Tony Locantro The Australian soprano Syria Lamonte was probably the first woman to be commercially recorded outside of the USA and history does her a greatContinue reading “Syria Lamonte”

Recording Pioneers- Part 2

Alfred Clark 1873 – 1950 “The fine thread running through the very fabric of HMV history” -Fred Gaisberg Name:                  Alfred Clark Born:                    19 December 1873 Resident:             Born in New York,  moved to France 1899 aged 26  then resident of the UK, 1909 -1950 Occupation:        Gramophone Company Managing Director, Chairman and EMI PresidentContinue reading “Recording Pioneers- Part 2”

Gaisberg’s Travels

On the 23rd of July 1898 Fred Gaisberg, at the age of 25 set sail on the 9 a.m. SS Umbria Cunard ship from New York to Liverpool. He was sent by the inventor of the Gramophone, Emile Berliner to London as one of the first sound engineers to set up a recording studio inContinue reading “Gaisberg’s Travels”

A Royal Arrival

The EMI Archive Trust would like to join the whole world in saying CONGRATULATIONs to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the arrival of their beautiful baby Boy. For many centuries the royal family has always been incredibly supportive of the arts and music. We are excited to watch this newContinue reading “A Royal Arrival”

Scott’s Gramophone Great Tour

In 1910 this beautiful HMV Gramophone was loaned by The Gramophone Company to Captain Scott to keep the sailors and expedition team entertained as they made their way to the South Pole. Scott took with him two HMV “monarch” gramophones, donated by The Gramophone Company, which later became EMI, together with several hundred 78rpm discs,Continue reading “Scott’s Gramophone Great Tour”

The Proms 2013

Today marks the start of one of the World’s biggest Classical music festivals. The BBC Proms begins with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall featuring Sally Matthews (soprano,) Roderick Williams (baritone,) Stephen Hough (piano,) BBC Proms Youth Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor) in a performances of Julian Anderson –Continue reading “The Proms 2013”

Happy American Independence day!

In the early days of the Gramophone Company the British founders worked closely with their American counterparts. A lot of the initial success can be attributed to one of the first sound and recording engineers – American Born Fred Gaisberg. He began working on the newly invented gramophone in the late 19th century and wasContinue reading “Happy American Independence day!”

Glastonbury 2013

This week marks the start of Glastonbury 2013, with the show starting on Wednesday 26th June. Since its beginning in 1970 Glastonbury Festival and EMI had a great relationship with many of EMI’s artists headlining the show. Lets hope all you festival goers have as good a time as these folk from The Gramophone CompanyContinue reading “Glastonbury 2013”