Who are these Hanson people???


Hanson Clarinets is a family firm based in Marsden, West Yorkshire, England.




View over Marsden




The company is owned by husband and wife Alastair and Jenny Hanson. 

They have two young daughters;  Lucy and Eleanor,  and two Spaniels;  Charlotte and Sasha.





Alastair Hanson founded his musical instrument making business in 1989 with support from The Prince's Trust.   More than twenty years on and joined by his wife Jenny,  Hanson Musical Instruments are recognised amongst the world's finest.

Hanson's leading role in initiatives for the music industry to conserve endangered forests through sustainable and socially equitable harvesting 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 lives with his wife, two young daughters and beloved king Charles Spaniels on the Marsden Moors in Yorkshire.   His expertise and experience in instrument design and production generates international demand for his services as a consultant within the industry.  Local demand is more likely to be from his daughters (another story book please Daddy!) or spaniels Charlotte and Sasha requesting a walk.  
In his spare time Alastair volunteers his skills as a ski instructor for his local indoor ski club, seeks out locally brewed real ales and 'tinkers' with his LandRover.






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


A 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. Jenny recorded solo violin parts 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 loves her Land Rover.  She is proud to be fae Scotland, though she has been granted honorary Yorkshire citizenship.










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 Clarinet Company, Units 2 and 3 Warehouse Hill, Marsden,

  West Yorkshire. HD7 6AB  


tel. 01484 848060    fax. 01484 848069    e-mail: info@hansonmusic.co.uk





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‘Hanson Clarinets’ were the first makers of woodwind instruments in the world to gain FSC accreditation resulting in a special award for our ‘outstanding contribution’ by the FSC in 2011.
All the wood we buy is still sourced from FSC certified companies and we actively support the campaign for sustainable sourcing of wood for musical instruments.

We are committed to ethical and responsible work practices.

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Shown left is a copy of the poster produced by the FSC congratulating ‘Hanson Clarinets’ and ‘Sound & Fair’ for Outstanding Contribution.
Because our wood is seasoned naturally for up to fourteen years it will be some time before the FSC timber is completely filtered into all our instruments, however players of Hanson Clarinets can be sure that we only source our tone woods from companies who share our ethical ideals in working together for a better, more sustainable and ‘greener’ future for the world.