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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 50 Collections and/or Records:

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, 18 October 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2610
Scope and Contents Letter, 18 October 1938, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Weisse's state of health, description of a lecture given by Tovey, news of Weisses travels in Germany. Holograph signed.
Dates: 18 October 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 01 December 1938

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2611
Scope and Contents Letter, 1 December 1938, Edinburgh, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Arranging to meet, discussion of Tovey's heart condition. Holograph signed.
Dates: 01 December 1938

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, 28 August 1939

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2612
Scope and Contents Letter, 28 August 1939, Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. Expressing anxiety over the threat of a European war and over Tovey's health. Holograph signed.
Dates: 28 August 1939

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

Letter to Dr Mary Gardner Grierson from Sophie Weisse, c1935

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2618
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Mary Grierson. News of Tovey's illness and anxiety over Lady Tovey's charge of Tovey. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1935

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1940

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2577
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Informing Foss that Miss. Weisse will attempt to work on his dissertation, but explaining that Miss. Weisse is quite helpless now. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1940

Letter to Hubert James Foss from Sophie Weisse, c1941

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2581
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Surrey, Sophie Weisse to Hubert Foss. Informing Foss that Weisse is disabled due to a scalded foot, and inviting Foss for lunch. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1941

Letter to Robert Calverley Trevelyan from Hubert James Foss, 12 January 1944

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2156
Scope and Contents Letter, 12 January 1944, London, Hubert Foss to Robert Trevelyan. Informing Trevelyan that Foss has received a proof for an article in 'Music and letters', and news of Miss. Weisse and her state of health. Holograph signed.
Dates: 12 January 1944

Letter to Sir Donald Francis Tovey from Sophie Weisse, 21 January 1892

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Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L1876
Scope and Contents Letter, 21 January 1892, Windsor, Sophie Weisse to Donald Tovey. Advising Tovey to work on the 'Airs', wishing Tovey well and advice on preserving his health. Typescript copy.
Dates: 21 January 1892