Hartley's Violin

(Brian Hathcock via photo pin)

(Brian Hathcock via photo pin)

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On May 18, 1912, a funeral service was held in the small town of Colne, in Lancashire, England. More than thirty thousand people came to honour and remember Wallace Hartley, violinist and Bandmaster of the Titanic. The hymn, Nearer, My God, to Thee played during the funeral ... the same hymn, legend has it , that Wallace Hartley and seven other musicians played on the deck as the doomed ship sank. 

It was the last music heard by the 1517 people who perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

This piece of the Titanic story is one of bravery and consolation.

And in the century since the disaster, it  hasn't lost its power...or mystery.

Hartley's Violin was first broadcast in April, just before the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It was produced by John Corcelli with the assistance of Dean Ples.

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