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And the band played on ... former Huddersfield musician Wallace Hartley's Titanic violin goes on public display

The violin that belonged to Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley has been given a final check at the Fine Art Studio in Lurgan, Co Armagh, two days before it goes on public display at Titanic Belfast

One of the world’s most historic musical instruments is about to go on public display.

The violin that belonged to Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley has been given a final check at the Fine Art Studio in Lurgan, Co Armagh, two days before it goes on public display at Titanic Belfast.

The instrument and its case is regarded as one of the most important relics of the ill-fated liner.

Former Huddersfield musician Hartley led his fellow musicians in playing as the ship went down, most famously the hymn Nearer My God To Thee.

Wallace Hartley's violin and bag
Wallace Hartley's violin and bag
 

Hartley and his seven fellow band members all died in the tragedy in 1912. His violin, which had been a gift from his fiancee Maria Robinson, was apparently found in a case strapped to his body when it was recovered from the icy Atlantic waters.

It was lost until 2006 when it was found in an attic in Yorkshire. Titanic specialist auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son insist seven subsequent years of research and tests have proved it to be the genuine article.

The instrument will go on show from tomorrow at Titanic Belfast, the tourist attraction close to where the ship was built. It will be there until October 13, when it goes up for public auction by Aldridge and Son.

Hartley played with Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra having moved to Almondbury in 1893. He later lived in Dewsbury.

 

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