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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 692 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Margaret, 21 March 1952

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2745
Scope and Contents Letter, 21 March 1952, York, Margaret to Mary Grierson. Discussing Grierson's biography of Tovey and suggesting the next work should be a biography of Miss. Weisse. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope.
Dates: 21 March 1952

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Patricia, 28 March 1952

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2746
Scope and Contents Letter, 28 March 1952, Bristol, Patricia to Mary Grierson. Praising Grierson's biography of Tovey, and news of Patricia's family and her life in Bristol. Holograph signed.
Dates: 28 March 1952

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 08 September 1934

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2588
Scope and Contents Letter, 8 September 1934, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of bereavements, praising Grierson and analysing Tovey, concern over Eugenie Schumann. Holograph signed.
Dates: 08 September 1934

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 29 March 1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2590
Scope and Contents Letter, 29 March 1935, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Suggesting Grierson take all the music and shelves that Weisse has donated to the University. Holograph signed, with stamped envelope, date and place as postmark.
Dates: 29 March 1935

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, 09 January 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2605
Scope and Contents Letter, 9 January 1938, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Sending ' a little company', and thanking Grierson for attending an event. Holograph signed.
Dates: 09 January 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 24 January 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2607
Scope and Contents Letter, 24 January 1938, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Requesting that tickets for concerts be sent to Miss. Weisse. Holograph signed.
Dates: 24 January 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 03 February 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2608
Scope and Contents Letter, 3 February 1938, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Thanking Grierson for her kindness to Miss. Weisse. Holograph signed.
Dates: 03 February 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, c1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2613
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Thanking Grierson for sending Miss. Weisse flowers on her birthday, and news of Miss. Weisse's birthday celebrations. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1935

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, c1930

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2614
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Description of time spent with John Tovey in Stuttgart. Holograph.
Dates: c1930