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Who are these Hanson people?

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We are a family firm based in Marsden, West Yorkshire, England.    Owned by the Hanson family:  husband and wife Alastair and Jenny Hanson who have two young daughters;  Lucy and Eleanor,  and two spaniels;  Charlotte and Sasha.

View over Marsden from the office - Hanson Musical Instruments

View over Marsden from the office.

Alastair Hanson founded his musical instrument making business in 1989 with support from The Prince’s Trust.   More than twenty five years on and joined by his wife Jenny,  Hanson Musical Instruments are recognised amongst the world’s finest and his expertise and experience in instrument design and manufacturing has led to international demand for his services as a consultant.  Local demand is more likely to be from his daughters (let’s play with the Lego Daddy!) or spaniels Charlotte and Sasha requesting a walk.

A qualified ski instructor and ski racing coach Alastair has taught many youngsters and is especially proud to coach daughters Lucy and Eleanor and enjoy their successes and more importantly their smiles as they whizz by on the snow.   In his spare time he seeks out locally brewed real ales and ‘tinkers’ with Besty, his antique Landrover.

Visitors to the workshop will hear Alastair playing the clarinet or sax,  but his ‘first study’ is actually in brass instruments.  He has played with world famous brass bands, in professional orchestras and as a soloist.    A ‘multi-instrumentalist’ whose performances have included horn, trombone, trumpet and cornet… clarinet, saxophone and flute…  alpenhorn, string bass, a coat-stand and bidet!

 

Jenny Hanson is a professional viola and violin player, although playing now takes second place to the more important task of being a great Mum.

Jenny HansonA postgraduate of the Royal College of Music, London, Jenny has appeared in concert, on stage, in film and recorded with many of the country’s leading orchestras and international artists and was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2006.

Jenny’s playing career is diverse; Classical, Pop, Folk or Opera; A small soundbite of work would include recordings with Michael Ball; Shirley Bassey in London’s Hyde Park; Karine Polwart at Celtic Connections to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra or Scottish Chamber Orchestra in her native Scotland.    Credits as a solo artist include  tracks for the Universal Studios film,  Leap Year and her original compositions featured in the Commonwealth celebrations debuted at Westminster Abbey for the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prime minister and Heads of States.

Jenny is also a qualified ski instructor and racer with podium successes in slalom racing.   She is proud to be fae Scotland, though she has been granted honorary Yorkshire citizenship.

 

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Alastair, Jenny, Lucy and Eleanor Hanson

 

As it says on our ‘home page’:  We stand for high quality, value and ethical and sustainable working practices.  Add into this a long term commitment to looking after our customers and you have a picture of who we are and how we operate which is reflected in our instruments.

Taking a leading role in initiatives for sustainable manufacturing in the music industry, specifically to conserve endangered forests areas, led to  a special award for their outstanding contribution by the FSC.  Hanson Music  became the worlds first FSC Certified maker of woodwind instruments in 2011.  Alastair was delighted to present HRH Prince Charles with the worlds first FSC certified clarinet, a landmark in sustainable musical instrument manufacturing.

HRH The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Alastair Hanson of Hanson Music

HRH The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Alastair Hanson of Hanson Music

Of course the business would be nothing without the fantastic Hanson staff, subcontractors, specialist suppliers and worldwide distributors; experts in their fields around the globe working together to deliver customers quality products and professional service.

 

Hanson Musical Instruments workshop in Marsden, West Yorkshire

Hanson Musical Instruments workshop in Marsden, West Yorkshire

 
 
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