COPE, John (1879-1962), musician, Hanley
A Dictionary of Local Biography Vol. 1
Edited by Denis Stuart
1985 ISBN 0-903160-23-4
With additional details by Justin Cartlidge (Cope's nephew)
*NOTE: Recent research suggests that some of the details shown in the above publication may now be incorrect. The extract below is believed to be correct at 17 June 2017
While still a schoolboy his musical talents attracted the attention of Madame Marie Reymond, a music teacher, living in Burslem. She assisted him to study the organ under Rheinberger, in Munich, and he eventually also became a conductor.
In 1924 he returned to the Potteries and resumed his conductorship of the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra. He was also organist at the Congregational church, Newcastle under Lyme, at St. Paul's church, Burslem and at Leek parish church. He was later appointed city organist to the Stoke on Trent corporation and was visiting music master at Newcastle High School and the Orme Boys’ School, Newcastle. He also acted as musical director and conductor of the Stoke on Trent Amateur Dramatic Society, and for some years was musical director of Sheffield Grand Opera.
|North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra - John Cope through the years|
John Cope 1947
The Bronze Bust of John Cope
|John Cope - founder and conductor of the NSSO|
Presented by members of The Friends of the Orchestra, October 1947
The bust is currently in store at The Potteries Museum in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent