Titanic Band Members And Their Stories

On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, in Southampton, UK, eight musicians boarded the RMS Titanic as second-class passengers.  Their group ticket number was 250654.  They were not employees of the White Star Line but were contracted to them through a company that placed musicians on many British liners – the Liverpool … Read More

Wallace Hartley’s Titanic Violin Discovered

Wallace Hartley, the son of a mill worker, learned to play music as a student at the George St Wesleyan School and later played at a local chapel where his father was choirmaster. Survivors recount seeing the band playing even as water gushed on board, a scene which has been … Read More

Titanic Band, The Titanic’s Orchestra

The Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley had been the bandleader on many rival cruise liners, such as the Lusitania and Mauretania, and was lured to the majesty of the largest cruise vessel in the world. The appeal of performing in front of the most distinguished passengers in the world and … Read More

Titanic Violin Song: Nearer My God to Thee

“Nearer, My God, to Thee” is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams. The song is loosely related to the bible passages Genesis 28” 11-19 and refers to the story of Jacob’s dream. Aside from being a famous church hymn, this is also the song most closely related to … Read More