Mr Georges Alexandre Krins

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Mr Georges Alexandre Krins, 23, was born in Paris, 18th March, 1889. He entered the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège, Belgium on 30th October 1902 and studied there until 1908.

He reportedly wished to pursue a military career. However, he was persuaded by his parents to return to remain in civilian life. He worked in his father's shop and played in La Grande Symphonie, Spa. In 1910, he entered as first violin at Le Trianon Lyrique in Paris. After that, he travelled to London and played 2 years at the Ritz Hotel until in March 1912. In the beginning of April 1912, when he was recruited by CW & FN Black in Liverpool to play on the Titanic, he was the bandmaster of the Trio String Orchestra playing near the Café Français. His London address was 10 Villa Road, Brixton.

 

Krins died in the disaster, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

References
Le Soir (Belgium), 5th May, 1912
JF Germain, L'écho du naufrage du Titanic en Belgique
RTL-TVI, Les belges du Titanic, Television Programme

Contributors
Philippe Delaunoy, Belgium
Jean-Francois Willame

 

Pictures

Inauguration G. Krins Memorial Spa (Belgium)
(2002) 
INAUGURATION G. KRINS MEMORIAL SPA (BELGIUM)
Concert by the Apollo Club, Brooklyn in aid of musicians' families
(1912) 
Georges Alexandre Krins: Record of Birth
(1889) 
GEORGES ALEXANDRE KRINS: RECORD OF BIRTH
Memorial
MEMORIAL
Memorial (1)
MEMORIAL (1)
Krins Familly tombstone in Spa Cemetery (Belgium)
KRINS FAMILLY TOMBSTONE IN SPA CEMETERY (BELGIUM)
 

Articles and Stories

Titanic Review (2011) 
Titanica! (2006) 
Titanica! (2004) 
JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE DID THE SHIP'S ORCHESTRA KILL?
Liverpool Echo (1912) 
The New York Times (1912) 
Worcester Evening Gazette (1912) 
 

Comment and discuss

  1. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I'm making some research on Georges Krins here in Belgium. Georges Krins was a violonist playing near the A la Carte Restaurant. G. Krins was born in Paris in 1889 and lived in Spa and Liège(Belgium) from 1895 to 1909. I can say that I took some arrangements with Belgium Local Authorities and obtained that a commemorative tablet will be place on the last house occupied by Georges Krins in Spa. The date is not yet confirmed but the tablet will probably be inaugurated in August or September 2002. I'm trying to found a descendant of G. Krins. I noticed that his sister... Read full post

  2. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, As I said, a commemorative tablet will be inaugured in Spa (Belgium) around the 15th September 2002. Can someone help me finding a music sheet of "Nearer, my God, to Thee" ? The Music will be played by a violonist. Many thanks in advance. Phil

  3. Brandon Whited said:

    Good to hear that Mr. Krins will be commemorated. I believe the T.H.S. homepage sells sheet music. You might want to check there.

  4. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I have the great pleasure to inform you that a commemorative plaque in memoriam of Georges Alexandre Krins will be inaugured in Spa (Belgium) on Saturday 14th September 2002 at 11:00 (local time). You are all welcome ! Best regards Phil

  5. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Some pictures of the plaque inaugured in Spa on 14th September : Phil

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  6. Mike Herbold said:

    Philippe: Thank you for sharing the photos of the Krins plaque. You probably have this book already, but I just wanted to make sure you are aware of Dirk Musschoot's, "De Vlamingen Op De Titanic". He has a ten page chapter on Krins.

  7. Brandon Whited said:

    Wonderful pictures, Philippe. As I said in my earlier post, it is good to see Mr. Krins get a memorial plaque.

  8. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Hi all, Thanks Brandon. We were very glad because the plaque is the first memorial in Belgium for a Titanic passenger/crew member. Attempts were made in 1912/1914 but WWI made that the memorial was never build. Mike, Yes I know the book. The day of the inauguration, I met the man who ownes 1 of the 4 known original pictures of G. Krins. It was very moving to see it really for the first time. Best regards, Phil

  9. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    NEW MEMORIAL FOUND IN BELGIUM !!! A tombstone showing an epitaph relating to George Krins - Musician on board the Titanic - has been identified in Spa (Belgium). George Krins was violonist and bandmaster of the stringorchestra on board the Titanic. His body, if recovered, was never identified. George Krins was the grand-nephew of Ernest Krins, a well-known Belgian painter. I'll go to Spa as soon as possible and post some pictures of the stone. Phil

  10. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Descendants of Titanic Violonist Georges Krins are now identified ! An article will follow soon !

  11. Colleen Collier said:

    GOOD JOB! I can't wait to learn about them!

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    Inger Sheil said:

    Good stuff, Philippe! I echo Colleen's words - looking forward to learning more about the violinist.

  13. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I just identified Georges Krins' nephew !!! He is also named 'Georges Krins' in order to honor his uncle. He is now 84 years old. I planned a visit next June. I will keep you informed.

  14. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I finally had the possibility to make a jump to Spa and we indeed found the grave of the Krins/Petit familly (Laetitia Petit, Catherine Krins, Suzanne Krins, "En memoire de Georges Krins mort sur le TITANIC en 1912" / "In memory of Georges Krins died on the TITNAIC in 1912". I will post pictures as soon as possible. We are now working on the George Krins Memorial that never as been built in Liege (due to WWI). We now have some letters and plans of the memorial (stone and bronze) ... to be continued ... All the Best, Phil

  15. Franck Gavard-Perret said:

    Hi Philippe, I have in my possession a famous issue of French newspaper "L'Illustration", published on April, 27th, 1912. Many photos are published. Among them, the most famous photo (available on ET, at Krins' biography) about George Krins. According to the journalist who wrote the article, the musicians had been heros during the fatal night... Maybe you have this issue. If it's not the case, you'll be able to add this one to your own bibliography and own collection. Best wishes, Franck

  16. Philippe Delaunoy said:

    Dear all, I have to inform you sadly that Mr George Krins, nephew of Titanic's musician Georges Alexandre Krins, passed away in Fourmies (France) last 4th April 2006. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace. I had the privilege to meet him and his familly last year. My deepest sympathy goes to the Krins' familly. Best regards, Philippe Delaunoy

  17. Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    Philippe: My condolences to the Krins family and to you. Mr. Krins’ passing is a reminder that Titanic is more than media and Hollywood hype. It was a real event that touched real lives. Randy

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) Georges Alexandre Krins (ref: #481, last updated: 25th July 2013, accessed 25th October 2020 02:39:38 AM)
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