Can you help? Musicians


Stewart Hall

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Hello,

I am interested in getting more information regarding the band on board Titanic. I hope that I’m posting this in the proper place!

Were they actual employees of White Star or contracted as a band?

Did the line-up consist of: 3 Violins, 3 Cellos, Bass, and Piano? No Viola?

What were they paid?

Band uniforms were green with boots?

Who played on deck that night? Just Violins and Cello(s)?

Thank-you from a new member,
Stewart
 
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Stewart Hall

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I found some answers in Senan Molony’s book Titanic Unseen. On page 29 there is a photo of Oceanic’s ship orchestra taken in 1909. They are wearing tunics with green trim lapels and lyre sleeve badges. They are also wearing officer caps with lyre badges.

White Star paid them the nominal sum of 1 shilling per month. They relied on tips from passengers. I‘m not sure if there was a similar arrangement on the Titanic?

Apparently, there were 2 sets of musicians? A trio is mentioned so I assume there was a quintet as well?
 

Michael Hinz

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Hello Stewart!

The eight musicians were divided into two groups. There was a quintet and a trio. The two ensembles played at different times in different places.

According to Günter Bäblers Crewbook (2013), the following musicians have played the following instruments:

Wallace Henry Hartley - Violin Quintet

Percy Cornelius Taylor - Violin Quintet

William Theodore Brailey - Piano Quintet

John Wesley Woodward - Cello Quintet

John Frederick Preston Clarke - Double Bass Quintet

John Law Hume - Violin Trio

Georges Alexandre Krins - Violin Trio

Roger Marie Bricoux - Cello Trio

I hope I could help.

Greetings,

Michael
 
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Stewart Hall

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Thank-you Michael, I appreciate the information! Now you’ve got me interested in the crew book.
 
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