Timeline

A timeline for the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra

It is interesting to see that the dates for the births and deaths of the orchestra's founding members and their families do vary a lot. Records in those early days records are inaccurate.  For completeness all relevant dates have been included here.


1817
According to his gravestone, Fredrik Idon Holst, (father of Madame Marie Reymond) born, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1820
According to the UK Census of 1901, Idon Holst (father of Madame Marie Reymond) born.

According to her gravestone, Julia (mother of Madame Marie Reymond) born.


1822
According to the UK Census of 1891, Idon Holst (father of Madame Marie Reymond) born.


1853
According to her gravestone Madame Marie Reymond (Karen Marie Elisabeth Holst) born.
She had 8 siblings, 6 of them girls. [needs confirming]


1856 
Madame Marie Reymond (Karen Marie Elisabeth Holst) born. [needs confirming]

1857
According to the UK Census 1901, Madame Marie Reymond (Karen Marie Elisabeth Holst) born. [needs confirming]



1879
John Cope born on 31 May 1879 in Milton, Stoke-on-Trent.
Son of a miner [needs confirming]


1881
UK Census - a record of Fredrik Idon Holst living in Stoke upon Trent. [needs confirming]



1887
Some members of the Holst family of Denmark settle in North Staffordshire. The father, Fredrik Idon Holst, born in Copenhagen, came to The Potteries with his wife, Julia, and 34 year old daughter, Karen Marie Elisabeth (later known as Madame Marie Reymond). They reside at 218 Waterloo Road, Cobridge, near Burslem.


1891
UK Census - no records of the Holsts, Marie Reymond or John Cope [needs confirming]


1893
According to her gravestone Julia Holst, Aged 73, wife of Fredrik Idon Holst and mother of Madame Marie Reymond, dies 25 February1893.


1896
Thursday 24 February 1896.  Madame Reymond produces a concert at The Wesleyan Chapel, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent.




1897
Madame Reymond buys a newly built house in Alexandra Buildings, 76 Moorland Road, Burslem. It is from here that she runs her Music School.  She named her new house,  Beethoven House.

Alexandra Buildings, 76 Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
Madame Reymond's music school at Beethoven House


1900


1901
UK Census states Marie Reymond (not Holst) was born in Copenhagen and was a 'teacher of music' in Burslem [needs confirming]. The census also states Idon Holst (Father of Marie) was living in Burslem and was born in 1820.



1902


1903


1904
The Potteries Orchestral Society (the NSSO's first name) gives its first performance in Burslem Town Hall on Thursday 8 December 1904 under the baton of John Cope, now just 24 years old.


1905


1906
The North Staffordshire Orchestral Society (the NSSO's second name) gives its 'First Concert in its Forth Season' at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent with Mr John Cope conducting. here>

North Staffs Symphony Orchestra
John Cope in 1906


1907
Another new name is chosen for the orchestra - The North Staffordshire Orchestra.

Fredrik Idon Holst, father of Marie Reymond, dies aged 90 years on 5 September 1907 (according to his gravestone)


1908
Madame Reymond sells Beethoven House to Mr M Morton. She moves out.


1909
The North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra changes its name for the forth time.  This name is the one that has lasted.


1910


1911
UK  Census


1912


1919
John Cope leaves The Potteries and joins the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company as its new conductor. He leaves the NSSO and Madame Reymond, now aged 63. Fred Morris takes up the baton.

The Carl Rosa Opera Company was founded in 1873 by Carl August Nicholas Rosa, a German-born musical impresario, to present opera in English in London and the British provinces. The company premiered many operas in the UK, employing a mix of established opera stars and young singers, reaching new opera audiences with popularly-priced tickets. It survived Rosa's death in 1889. The company, unlike many others, survived the First World War, but the sudden death of Walter Van Noorden in April 1916 was a bitter blow. Cope joined, as conductor, in 1919 but by 1920 there were serious financial difficulties and Alfred Van Noorden was obliged to put the company into voluntary liquidation. Four years later (1924) control had passed to H B Phillips whose own opera company had merged with the Carl Rosa a few years earlier. H B Phillips began by reorganising the company although the pattern of provincial tours and London seasons continued as before. John Cope had left in 1923.

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1920


1921
Madame Marie Reymond announces that she will be leaving The Potteries to return to Denmark. In the end she didn't go.
NSSO Madame Reymond leaving The Potteries 1921?
Clipping courtesy of Staffordshire Sentinel 


1922
Reginald Nettel becomes the orchestra's secretary.


1923
John Cope returns to The Potteries after 5 years at the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company which had serious financial difficulties.  He resumes as conductor of the North Staffs Symphony Orchestra.

John Cope 1924


1926
Madame Marie Reymond dies on 27 December 1926, aged 73. Karen Marie Elisabeth Reymond is buried in her Holst family grave on 30 December 1926 in Hanley Cemetery after a funeral service at Shelton Parish Church. John Cope, described here in Sentinel article as 'her adopted son.' played the organ.




1926



1930


1947
1947
Newspaper clipping courtesy of the Evening Sentinel


1950


1954
North Staffs Symphony Orchestra gives its 50th Jubilee Concert under its conductor John Cope here>


1954
John Cope retires
John Cope retires 1954
Newspaper cutting courtesy of the Evening Sentinel


1960


1962
John Cope dies at the North Staffs Royal Infirmary on 6 April 1962. Aged 82 (according to his gravestone)


1970

1979
Cutting from The Evening Sentinel. Article by JO (Jack Oliver) about the 75th Anniversary of the Orchestra.




1980


1990


1994
A new supporters club for the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra is established called The Friends. This replaced the existing 'Patrons' list which was formed at the very strated of the orchestra's life. The Friends Newsletter, called  'NSSOnotes' was first published in 1995. more>

1995



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2000
The new Millenium and The North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra gives a performance of Bizet's Carmen at the Victoria Hall in Hanley.


2004
Centenary of the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra


2006
AGM Frank Procter retires and John Caddick Adams gets a long long long serviuce awatd before his retirement



2010