And The Band Played On
The Titanic Violinist & the Glovemaker A True Story of Love, Loss & Betrayal
Date of publication: March 2012
On 14th April 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank. Fifteen hundred passengers and crew lost their lives. As the order to abandon ship was given, the orchestra took their instruments on deck and continued to play.
They were still playing when the ship went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancee, Mary was expecting their child, the author's mother. One hundred years later, Christopher Ward reveals a dramatic story of love, loss and betrayal, and the catastrophic impact of Jock's death on two very different families.
He paints a vivid portrait of an age in which class determined the way we lived - and died. An outstanding piece of historical detective work, And The band Played On is also a moving account of how the author's quest to learn more about his grandfather revealed the shocking truth about a family he thought he knew, a truth that had been hidden for nearly a hundred years.