A long and distinguished history
The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, 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. Its founders, John Cope and Madame Reymond, were often ridiculed by fellow choir masters but Cope and his orchestra carried on. More here >>
Over 110 years later, the orchestra still thrives playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO.
The orchestra in 1906 with John Cope, conductor, in the middle, bottom row
Madame Reymond establishes her Music School in Beethoven House, Burslem
John Cope conducting the NSSO in 1930 at the Stoke-on-Trent Historical Pageant. More>