Concerto for Titanic hero

Concerto for Titanic hero


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2012

Ahead of the April centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, a Lancashire composer has written a concerto in memory of Wallace Hartley, the violinist who led the ship’s orchestra as it went down. Peter Young comes from the same region as Hartley. Hear an extract here.

Hartley, according to his local newspaper, was a lifelong teetotaller. How he got into an orchestra may never be known.

There is a competition to name the concerto. The winner gets two free tickets to the premiere.