North Staffs. Symphony Orchestra
North Staffs Symphony Orchestra
Registered Charity No. 1031372
Site updated - 9th May 2008- Alan Holder soloist information added,
If you are a string player who would like to join the orchestra please click here
Conductor : Peter Stallworthy
Guest Conductor : Ewa Strusinska
Leader : Sheila Dexter
Committee & Officials Links Friends Newsletter
Centenary History Book Concert reviews
Saturday 28th June 2008 7:30pm - Jubilee Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Conductor - Eva Strusinska, Soloists - Alan Holder (Trumpet) & Anna Bradburn (Recorder)
Liszt - Les Preludes
Sammartini - Recorder Concerto
Mussorgsky - Night on A Bare Mountain
Arutunian - Trumpet Concerto
Khachaturian - Masquerade Suite
Saturday 12th July 2008 , St Michaels Church, Stone (Stone Festival)
Conductor - Peter Stallworthy, Soloist - To be announced
Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Beethoven or Brahms - Violin Concerto
Haydn - Symphony 104
Saturday 15th November 2008 7:30pm St John Fisher High School, Newcastle
Conductor - Peter Stallworthy, Soloist - Laurence Perkins
Dukas - Overture: La Peri Fanfare
Weber - Andante and Hungarian Rondo for Bassoon and Orchestra
Ferdinand David - Bassoon Concerto
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Saturday 24th January 2009 7:30pm St John Fisher High School, Newcastle
Conductor - Peter Stallworthy, Soloist - Simon Callaghan
Rossini - Overture: Barber of Seville
Beethoven - Emperor Piano Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Saturday 28th March 2009 7:30pm Jubilee Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Conductor - Peter Stallworthy, Soloist - Holly McGarry
Glinka - Overture: Russlan and Ludmilla
Bruch - Violin Concerto
Bruckner - Symphony No. 3
Saturday 27th June 2009 7:30pm Jubilee Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Conductor - Guest, Soloist - Frank Procter
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Mozart - Horn Concerto No. 3
Haydn - Symphony No. 101 (Clock)
Tickets for the above concerts can be pre-booked but there are no seat numbers allocated.Prices are £7.50 or £3 for children or students.To obtain tickets, either send a cheque to Chris Baggs, 31 Bullrushes Close, Lakeside, Etruria, Stoke on Trent, ST1 5GF (Please include a postal address and allow a few days to arrive). Alternatively , tickets can be obtained from A major music - Bridge St, Newcastle under Lyme (Tel 01782 634634).
The North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra began its life in humble surroundings - in a draughty timber merchant's shed in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1903. The orchestra was formed by the young and talented musician, John Cope. Cope had recently returned to the Potteries from Munich where he had been studying the organ with Rheinberger and was encouraged to establish the orchestra by his former teacher and mentor, Madame Reymond.
The orchestra was given the name of The Potteries Orchestral Society and drew amateur musicians from miles around the district. Cope was a task master and instilled on the members of the orchestra the disciplines so necessary for the enterprise. Players were worked hard but they began to love what Cope was beginning to achieve.
The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem but the audience was very small. Choral singing at the time was a very strong tradition in The Potteries and the launch of a new purely orchestral music society was thought of as something superfluous. In fact many local choirs shunned the orchestra and Cope was often ridiculed by fellow choir masters. Cope and his orchestra carried on.
In 1906 the orchestra changed its name to The North Staffordshire Orchestral Society and its first concert given in Hanley was in the Victoria Hall on November 1st. Although local interest was again poor, support did come from further afield and Sir Granville Bantock and Ernest Newman of Birmingham were very keen to see the orchestra succeed. Newman attended the concert and was delighted with the performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Lady Halle as soloist. The concert also included Sibelius's newly composed Finlandia.
In 1907 the name was changed again, this time to The North Staffordshire Orchestra and yet again in 1909 to The North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra. During those early years Madame Reymond was a major patron and supporter of the orchestra. She was successful in persuading none other than Sibelius to become a fellow Patron. She had come to North Staffordshire from Denmark in 1887 and set up a private music school at Beethoven House in Moorland Road, Burslem. It was here that she first spotted Cope and encouraged his musical talent. She helped to manage the orchestra and indeed funded it by carrying much of its costs. As today there was no profit in classical music making, only losses.
By 1919 her personal funds ran out and Madame Reymond was forced to withdraw her support. There is no doubt that we owe a debt of gratitude to the lady who helped the birth of the NSSO. She died in 1926.
The orchestra continued to grow in stature under Cope's direction until in 1954 at its Jubilee concert he decided to retire. He died at his home in Charles Street, Hanley in April 1962 and was buried in the same grave as Marie Reymond in Hanley cemetery.
Notes by Terry Woolliscroft ( This info also shown at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A134858" >http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A134858 )
Please contact M.Leigh for website maintenance related questions
|Messages left for this Researcher||Posted|
|An ACE G'day pippybooth ...||Jul 8, 2005|
|Conversation Title||Latest Post||Latest Reply|
|NSSO||Sep 16, 2008||No Replies|
|nsso||Aug 4, 2008||No Replies|
|NSSO||Jul 3, 2008||No Replies|
|NSSO||May 28, 2008||No Replies|
|NSSO||May 24, 2008||No Replies|
This user has no Entry subscriptions
Most Recent Edited Entries
- This user has not written any Edited Entries.
h2g2 is created by h2g2's users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of Not Panicking Ltd. If you consider any Entry to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please register a complaint. For any other comments, please visit the Feedback page.
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. It has been compiled and recompiled many times and under many different editorships. It contains contributions from countless numbers of travellers and researchers."
pippybooth has no Friends
This user has no Bookmarks