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Jo Hossle-Standring (Joanna Collins), Chetham's 1972-1979

Retired occupational health worker; Magistrate and volunteer

Piano – Viola – Singing

Jo studied piano, viola and singing at Chetham’s. Now retired, she retains a busy schedule as a Magistrate, a volunteer for Chetham’s Lunchtime Concerts in the Carole Nash Hall, and as part of the stewards’ team for The Stoller Hall.  She is also Secretary of Stockport Symphony Orchestra, and plays viola in the orchestra, which fills a lot of time.

Jo went straight into nursing on leaving school. She trained at Wythenshawe Hospital but spent a huge amount of time playing viola in amateur orchestras all over the North West. She then got a job as Sani Nurse at Marlborough College in Wiltshire (NOT the same years as when Kate Middleton attended – there were only girls in the VI form when she was there!). Then she trained in Occupational Health and worked for just over 30 years, the final 20 of which were with her own company. She thoroughly enjoyed the work, and believed in its aims and objectives passionately.

Jo married Derek Hossle (professional oboeist) in 1987 and their son Ben was born in 1990. They were very happy until Derek’s death in early 2000 from cancer. Jo’s many friends, as well as music, pulled her through some difficult years, and she married Nigel in 2006. Though not a musician, he loyally attends every performance and carries out many supportive tasks surrounding her busy role as Secretary of Stockport Symphony. Jo feels very fortunate, and they are very happy. Her son Ben played trumpet to a high standard but has not continued after leaving school. He works in film and TV in all aspects of sound recording as a self employed technician.

“I was very happy at school – loved every minute and cried when I left. Proudest moments would be becoming Head Girl in VI upper and all that entailed, and singing in the Chamber Choir especially the years under Howard Briggs. I only seem to remember the fun, friendships and being encouraged to be myself.”

Instruments: Keyboard, Strings, Vocal

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