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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 9 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Sophie Weisse from C. Haydin Coffin, 25 October 1908

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2212
Scope and Contents Letter, 25 October 1908, London, C. Haydin Coffin to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse that she may purchase a clavichord for seventy five pounds, a very reasonable price. Holograph signed.
Dates: 25 October 1908

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 04 May 1890

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2347
Scope and Contents Letter, 4 May 1890, London, Hubert C. Parry to Sophie Weisse. Suggesting a time for Miss. Weisse's pupil to visit. Holograph signed.
Dates: 04 May 1890

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 23 July 1890

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2353
Scope and Contents Letter, 23 July 1890, London, Hubert C. Parry to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse of the cost of lessons, commenting on Tovey's improvement and plans for his development. Holograph signed.
Dates: 23 July 1890

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 20 January 1894

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2370
Scope and Contents Letter, 20 January 1894, London, Hubert C. Parry to Sophie Weisse. Attempting to arrange a time to look over Tovey's symphony. Holograph signed.
Dates: 20 January 1894

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 18 February 1895

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2378
Scope and Contents Letter, 18 February 1895, London, Hubert Parry to Sophie Weisse. Suggesting Tovey should try for a Mendelssohn scholarship. Holograph signed.
Dates: 18 February 1895

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 03 December 1896

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2381
Scope and Contents Letter, 3 December 1896, London, Hubert C. Parry to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse that it would be a ' singular waste of a remarkable gift ' if Tovey were to give up music. Holograph signed.
Dates: 03 December 1896

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Vernon Russell, 20 August 1919

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2442
Scope and Contents Letter, 20 August 1919, London, Vernon Russell to Sophie Weisse. Enclosing a card of a recommended copyist. Holograph signed.
Dates: 20 August 1919

Letter to Sophie Weisse from William Strecker, 22 February 1911

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2484
Scope and Contents Letter, 22 February 1911, London, William Strecker to Sophie Weisse. Suggesting that Tovey approach Lord Plymouth and praising a concerto. Typescript signed.
Dates: 22 February 1911

Letter to Sophie Weisse from William Strecker, 09 January 1912

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2489
Scope and Contents Letter, 9 January 1912, London, William Strecker to Sophie Weisse. Details of dates the Aeolian Hall is available, and regards to Tovey. Typescript signed.
Dates: 09 January 1912