Arthur Pearson (1864-1936)

Arthur Pearson was an organist and music teacher.

He was the Borough Organist for 44 years and was the organist at St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield, for over 50 years.

He served as the President of the Huddersfield Organists' Association on two separate occasions, as well as briefly being the conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic and Holmfirth Choral Societies.


He was born 9 May 1864, the son of Slaithwaite organist Henry Pearson (1824-1899) and his wife Hannah (née Taylor), and was baptised on 5 June at St. John, Golcar.

His brother, James Henry Pearson, was an organist at Holmfirth and Birkby before settling in Brighouse in 1874 where he became the conductor of the Brighouse Choral Society.[1]

He married Ann Taylor[2], daughter of solicitor Robert Ramsden Taylor of Golcar, on 11 April 1887 at St. John. The couple had three children:

  • Gertrude Mary Pearson (1888-1975)[3]
  • Robert Henry Pearson (1890-1966)[4]
  • Philip Taylor Pearson (1894-1895)[5]
  • Reginald Arthur Pearson (1894-1957)[6]

The 1881 Census listed 16-year-old Arthur Pearson as a "music teacher". By 1891, he was listed as a "professor of music". By 1901, the family had moved to "Rozel", Belmont Street, Huddersfield.

Pearson's pupils included Edgar Pearson Rothery[7] and T. Albert Wood[8]

He conducted the Skipton Choral Society from 1896 to 1916.

In 1928, he contributed his recollections of St. Paul's Church to the centenary booklet, St. Paul's, Huddersfield: The Days That Are Past, 1828-1928.

He was elected to the National Executive of the Incorporated Association of Organists in 1930.[9]

Arthur Pearson was forced to retire from his duties in the summer of 1934 due to ill-health[10] and he died on 6 February 1936, aged 71.

Ann likely died in 1940, aged 80.

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Notes and References

  1. James Henry Pearson died in 1916, aged 62.
  2. Her name is sometimes recorded in Census returns as "Anne", but it is spelt "Ann" on other key documents.
  3. Born 27 January 1888 and baptised 21 March at St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield. Worked as an elementary school teacher for Huddersfield Education Authority (1911 Census). Died, apparently a spinster, in 1975 aged 87.
  4. Born 21 December 1890 and baptised 7 February 1891 at St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield. Worked as an accounting clerk (1911 Census). Married Amy Brook on 4 October 1916 at Holy Trinity Church, Greenhead, and they had 3 children. He died 22 October 1966 aged 75 whilst living at 394 Meltham Road, Netherton.
  5. Twin of Reginald Arthur. Born 1 November 1894 and baptised on 1 December at St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield. Died in early 1895.
  6. Twin of Philip Taylor. Born 1 November 1894 and baptised on 1 December at St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield. Worked as a shop assistant before enlisting in the First World War, however he was discharged in May 1916 for "not being likely to become an efficient solider." Died on 23 January 1957 at Moorview Hospital, Meltham.
  7. Also taught by Henry Pearson and was an organist in Golcar. He died in 1935. Yorkshire Post (12/Aug/1935)
  8. Born in Honley, he died in 1932. Yorkshire Post (21/May/1932).
  9. Yorkshire Post (18/Sep/1930).
  10. Yorkshire Post (19/Jul/1834).