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Weisse, Sophie, 1852-1945 (Scottish music teacher)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1852-1945

Sophie Weisse was born in Edinburgh in 1852 to a German father and Lithuanian mother. Little is known of her early life and education. In 1892, she founded the all-girls school of Northlands in Surrey, which she ran for twenty-five years. Although Northlands was a school of general education, music was given a particularly prominent place in the curriculum, and musical celebrities were often invited to visit and perform. Weisse employed the young Donald Tovey as a pianist at the school’s concerts, which provided a launch for his career as a musician and composer. Weisse had discovered Tovey’s talent at the age of four and had managed all aspects of his education. She further supported his career by funding the publication of his works between 1903 and 1913. Weisse and Tovey maintained a lifelong relationship. When Tovey was appointed to Edinburgh University’s Reid Chair of Music in 1914, Weisse followed him to Edinburgh. As Reid Professor, Tovey bestowed on Weisse an honorary degree of Doctor of Music in 1936. Weisse died in Guildford in 1945.
Weisse was a major benefactor of the University of Edinburgh. On Tovey’s death in 1941, she gifted 18 Buccleuch Place to the University as 'The Tovey Memorial Rooms', with the intention that it be used for student study. She also gifted the University portraits of Tovey and herself by Philip de Laszlo and endowed the Tovey Memorial Prize as an annual award for the most promising undergraduate composer or performer in the Faculty of Music. Her collection of around 600 books and scores relating to Beethoven was purchased by the University in 1948.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, c1934

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2589
Scope and Contents Letter, [1934], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Explaining Miss. Weisses concern for Tovey's health and work. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1934

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 28 June 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2592
Scope and Contents Letter, 28 June 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Concerning Tovey's ill health and expressing the feeling that she is being kept from Tovey by his wife. Holograph signed.
Dates: 28 June 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 02 July 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2594
Scope and Contents Letter, 2 July 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Concerning Tovey's illness and his treatment and care and Miss. Weisse's feelings. Holograph signed.
Dates: 02 July 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 08 July 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2596
Scope and Contents Letter, 8 July 1935, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Details of Miss. Weisse's journey to Bad Nauheim and enclosing a letter from Tovey's doctor. Holograph signed.
Dates: 08 July 1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 02 January 1936

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2599
Scope and Contents Letter, 2 January 1936, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Tovey's treatment and convalescence at Bath, suggesting that Tovey should smoke so he can have social interaction with other men. Holograph signed.
Dates: 02 January 1936

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 08 October 1937

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2602
Scope and Contents Letter, 8 October 1937, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Concerning a discussion over which instrument Tovey's son should learn and Miss. Weisse explaining that she is too ill too come to Edinburgh. Holograph signed.
Dates: 08 October 1937

Letter to [ Dr Mary Gardner Grierson ] from Sophie Weisse, c1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2615
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to [ Mary Grierson ]. Discussion of what Tovey should be given when he is ill, Bovril or chicken jelly. Holograph incomplete.
Dates: c1935

Postcard to Sir Donald Francis Tovey from Sophie Weisse, c1900

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L1930
Scope and Contents Postcard, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Donald Tovey. Asking Tovey if anything is wrong, after Mr. Forbes has suggested Tovey is working too hard. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1900