Collens, Hilda Hester (1883-1956), founder and first Principal of the Northern School of Music

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Collens, Hilda Hester (1883-1956), founder and first Principal of the Northern School of Music

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1883-1956

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Hilda Hester Collens (1883-1956) had studied privately with Tobias Matthay. She gave individual piano lessons and taught at Sale Grammar School for Girls, but wanted to put Matthay's principles and her own ideas into practice for the teaching of muscianship. Accordingly on September 22nd 1920 Hilda Collens opened a school with the idea of broadening the scope of the Matthay training. The Manchester Branch of the Matthay School of Music was a private enterprise, supported by the fees of the pupils. She built it to be the Northern School of Music, supported by local authority grants as well as pupil fees. It merged in 1973 with the Royal Manchester College of Music to form the Royal Northern College of Music.

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