Ernest Pike

Ernest Pike, tenor
Verdi – Il Trovatore – Miséréré
Eleanor Jones-Hudson, soprano
Ernest Pike, tenor
Gramophone Concert Record G.C.-4399
Recorded 13th December 1905
Matrix 3178e (4399 XII)
Sullivan – HMS Pinafore – Captain’s song
(My gallant crew good morning… I am the captain of the Pinafore)
Sullivan Quartette:
Thorpe Bates
, baritone
Peter Dawson, bass-baritone
Stanley Kirkby, baritone
Ernest Pike, tenor

Download – Sullivan – HMS Pinafore – Captain’s Song – Thorpe Bates

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Gramophone Concert Record G.C.-4404 (10”)
Matrix 8352b (4404 II)
Recorded 16th June 1906


Thorpe Bates listed as soloist in Gramophone Company archives. Though the record label notes “Sullivan Quartette”, the ledgers give “Sullivan Operatic Party.” As noted earlier, Dawson is distinctly audible in the chorus. The recording ledgers do not list the chorus members, but Pike, Dawson and Kirkby were all in studio on the same day, recording with Bates and Eleanor Jones-Hudson in various combinations: Kirkby (recording as Walter Miller) was accomapnied by the Minster Singers, comprising Dawson, Bates, Pike and Jones-Hudson), and when Pike was the soloist his place is the same named group was taken by Kirkby.

Verdi – Il Trovatore – Misérére
Eleanor Jones-Hudson, soprano (credited on label as Alvena Yarrow)
Ernest Pike, tenor
Zonophone Grand Opera X-44083
Recorded 1908
Matrix 8742e (X-44083 VII)
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor – Sextette (in English)
Eleanor Jones-Hudson, soprano (credited as Alvena Yarrow)
Amy Augarde, mezzo-soprano
Ernest Pike, tenor
Leonard Sidney, tenor
Thorpe Bates, baritone
Peter Dawson, bass-baritone
Zonophone Grand Record X-44113
Matrix 9006e
Recorded 13th October 1908
Bizet – Carmen – Habanera; Gipsy Song

Edna Thornton,
(credited on label as Madame Violetta)
Eleanor Jones-Hudson, soprano
Ernest Pike, tenor
Peter Dawson, bass-baritone

Bizet – Carmen – Habanera – Thornton
Bizet – Carmen – Gipsy Song – Thornton

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Zonophone Celebrity Record G.O.9
Matrices 11589e, 11590e (side numbers 43205, X43207)
Recorded 14th April 1910

Plays at about 78.5rpm.

Thornton enters a beat early for the final verse of the Gipsy Song, but somehow she and the orchestra get themselves back together again after some time.

Bizet – Gems from “Carmen”
Zonophone Operatic Party
Carrie Tubb,
Violet Elliott, mezzo-soprano
Ernest Pike, tenor
Harold Wilde, tenor
Stewart Gardner, baritone
Peter Dawson, bass-baritone

Bizet – Carmen – gems – Zonophone

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Zonophone The Twin Serial A 50
Matrices z5447f, 5449f (side numbers Z-044509. Z-044510)
Recorded 15th September 1911

Plays at 75.6rpm

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