Titanic memorial

I met photographer Joanna Dudderidge this afternoon in Archer Street, Soho, as we had arranged to visit the offices of Launch PR.  This enabled us to  see and photograph the ‘Titanic fireplace’, which was installed upstairs in their principal meeting room following the infamous loss of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.

This had been created as a direct result of funds raised at a concert by over 470 musicians at the Royal Albert Hall, in May 1912, a gathering which was hailed as the ‘greatest professional orchestra ever assembled’, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Henry Wood and Sir Edward Elgar.

The families of the eight musicians who gallantly lost their lives, all members of the Amalgamated Musicians’ Union, had been hired by the Liverpool music agency, C.W. and F.N. Black, which supplied musicians for Cunard and the White Star Line.

The musicians were:

Wallace Hartley, 33, Colne violinist and bandmaster

Theodore Brailey, 24, London pianist

Roger Bricoux, 20, French cellist

John Clarke, 30, Liverpool bassist

John Hume, 21, Dumfries violinist

George Krins, 23, Belgian violinist

Percy Taylor, 32, London cellist

John Woodward, 32, Oxford cellist

May they rest in peace.

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