I am the great great great grand daughter of George Hanney,Band master of the Hanney Family Band, also Knowen as the 1st Glamorgan Royal Garrison Artillery Band. George died in 1908 after collasping during a concert at the Grand Theatre Swansea.A funeral procession for him was held through the streets of Swansea and every shop and school in Morriston was closed.I am finding it almost impossible to find anyone with accurate information about this part of history in Morriston.It is of endless interest to me to discover more about Morriston,Swansea,Llansamlet Cemetery, George Hanney and The Hanney Family Band.Please email me with anything on these subjects..Thank you..Regards Melanie
Best of luck in your research. I came across many refs to the band in the newspapers of 19th century whilst researching the history of Morriston Cricket Club. In 1886 Morriston C.C. won the South Wales challenge cup in Cardiff and it was reported that the Hanney Band led a victory procession from High Street Station to Morriston on the return of the team.
Didn't the Band win a major competition in Paris and it was said that each band had to provide its own music stands. Hanney Band had none and pinned the sheets to the backs of players in front!!!!
Good luck in your research. The band was a huge part of Morriston history.
Hugh David Morgan
I came across your website when I was searching on Google for any information about the Hanney band. I am also related to them!
I do not have the family tree with me right now, but I am pretty sure that I am George Hanney (band master)'s great great great grand-daughter.
I have a photo of the band and I know that they played at King George's corronation.
Looking forward to your reply,
Do you have information about the Hanney Band playing in King George's coronation?
Are you still interested in the Hanney Band?
I bought a job lot of THE MORRISTON OTHER TIMES Community Newspaper at a sale held at Swansea Museum in October but have only just got around to reading through them. Having noticed your email on the Forum a couple of days ago, I wondered if you would like a copy of an article entitled The Famous Hanney Band, written by Mrs Marjorie Uren, which appeared in the paper in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It has five photos as well as the text. It is 2 x A3 sheets, so it is too big for my scanner. However, if you would like a copy, I would be happy to get it photocopied and put it in the post for you.
Hi Jane, I would definitely be interested in that! Please could you send a copy of the article to me? I'd be very grateful. Is there a way I can send a private message to you with my address? Thank you! Poppy
Hi Melanie, If memory serves me right weren't the Hanneys Salvation Army members in Morriston I don't have much information, but if every little bit helps then this is what I have, From 1964 I was Musical Director of the Clydach Amateur Operatic Society and the trombone Player in the Morgan Lloyd Orchestra was a Mr Hanney (same family) I don't know his Christian name, sorry.
Hi all. I would love to see more photos of the Hanney family band, and Hanney family generally. I recently found a small article and a couple of pictures in the clanhanney newsletter - it includes a picture of the Hanney band with George Hanney and a picture of his funeral procession.
If anyone has found more info and pics please share the link!
Also, for those of you with ancestry access, there is a post with photos on a message board from a Hanney descendant with more photos, including small annotations of names. https://www.ancestry.com/boards/surnames.hanney/95/mb.ashx
Hi. I think the name of the trombonist you were talking about was Ivor Hanney as I played with him in the Morriston and District Band was I was a kid. He was a lovely man! Hope that helps. There were many of us in the band who revered the name Hanney. I have gone on to be a professional musician and my memories of playing with the “old guard” are fabulous!
Just came across an article in the South Wales Daily Post for 22 August 1893 which reports on the Hanney Band with short biographies of five of the family members, starting with founder James from Marksbury near Bristol before moving to Morriston. George is described as the "best specimen of amateur conductors"!
Hi Melanie.George was my great grandfather and Huzara Hanney known as Zara was my grandfather.The Hanney Family were originally from Somerset and settled in morriston where most of the men worked in the tin works in morriston .There is a book written about them with some lovely photos in.I think it was written by Andre Schofeld.Marjorie Uren has also written about the band.My grandfather was also part of the band and often used to perform in the grand theatre.He could play almost any instrument and was an artiste in his own right.Hope this information is helpful to you.Best wishes karen.
Dear Hugh you are indeed correct.The Hanney Band did win a big competition in Paris and the organisers of the competition could not get over the state of their hands .They all worked in morriston tin works so you can imagine what state their hands were in.The parisian musicians had beautiful hands because they were full time musicians.The judges were amazed that the Hanney Band could play such wonderful music despite the state of their hands.