Madame Reymond

Madame Marie Reymond (1853-1926), music teacher, Burslem

Caren Maria Elisabeth Holst, daughter of Frederik Idon Holst (a Master Cooper) and Juliane Marie Holst, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1853.

Caren Maria Elisabeth Holst - aged about 9

She studied music under various noted teachers, including Niels Cade.  She married Jean Reymond, a French pianoforte maker, living in Burslem, in 1887 and changed her name to Madame Marie Reymond.

She set up a music school at Beethoven House, Moorland Road, in 1897 where she taught singing, pianoforte and violin. She sent one of her pupils, John Cope to Munich to study the organ under Rheinburger.

She founded the Potteries Orchestra in 1903-1904 and served as its business manager, with John Cope acting as its conductor.

Madam Marie Reymond died on 27 December 1926 and was buried in Hanley cemetery. She is mentioned in Arnold Bennett‘s novel These Twain as 'twenty three years, tall, slim and blonder than any girl ever seen in the five Towns'.

North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra - Madame Reymond through the years

Marie and Beethoven House

Beethoven House in Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, was the location of a music school run by Madame Marie Reymond, the mentor of John Cope who founded the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra (originally called the The Potteries Orchestral Society).

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

A BLOG FROM FRED HUGHES, local historian
"In 1887 the Holst family of Denmark came to reside at number 218 Waterloo Road Cobridge. Fredrik Idon Holst and his wife Juliane Marie were accompanied by their 34 year old daughter, music teacher Karen Maria Elisabeth. But of all the places in the world why had this immigrant family chosen Burslem to settle?

“Well that really is a big mystery,” says Kathy Niblett, Historian of the NSSO. “We know the father was a manufacturer of wooden barrels, and we know they must have been quite well off to have bought a house in the well-to-do Cobridge, which was the posh retreat of prosperous Burslem families. But why they decided on Burslem will forever remain a mystery in the story of this truly magical woman.”  more here>>

Wagner's Magnificent Bust

Note the bust displayed in the window of Beethoven House. Its made in Parian Pottery tinted in flesh colour, green and red with touches of gold and made by Robinson and Leadbetter, of Wolfe Street, Stoke. On the underside it is impressed with the letters R&L in a circle and dates to around 1885. It is now stored in The Potteries Museum, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and was presented to the museum in March 1963 by the executors of the late John Cope through Mr E McCombe.

Beethoven House Advertising Flyer

Student Certificates

These two student music certificates were handed to Annette Cartlidge when she was researching the ghost signs on Beethoven House in Moorland Road, Burslem. They were found by Adam Jones in the the property. They are in a pretty dreadful state but hi-resolution images have been made of the certificates which will forwarded for safe keeping to the Stoke-on-Trent City Archive which holds many documents relating to the NSSO.
North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra - Music Certificates found in Beethoven House 2015

Madame Reymond dies 1926

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