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Letter of condolence on the death of Elisabeth (Lili) Wach written by J. F. R. Stainer on behalf of the Mendelssohn Scholarships Foundation

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 90-91
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Letter expressing condolences on behalf of the Mendelssohn Scholarships Foundation on the death of Elisabeth (Lili) Wach (1845-1910), daughter of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. It was most likely intended for Adolf Wach (1843-1926), Lili's husband.

The letter (written on an octavo-size bifolium with the Foundation's letterhead on the first leaf) mentions the occasion at which a reference to Frau Wach's death was made, namely the annual meeting of the Foundation's Committee that took place at the Royal Academy of Music on 4 November. The letter was written a day later by John Frederick Randall Stainer (1866-1939), Honorary Secretary of the Foundation and son of the composer Sir John Stainer.


  • Creation: 5 Nov 1910


2 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 90-91

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15542


Letter of condolence from John F. R. Stainer written most likely to Adolf Wach on behalf of the Mendelssohn Scholarships Foundation, 1910.

Biographical / Historical

Shortly after the death of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in 1847, a group of his friends and admirers established a scholarship enabling musicians to study at the Leipzig Conservatoire, which Mendelssohn had founded in 1843. The link between London and Leipzig however broke down, resulting in two Mendelssohn Scholarships, still being awarded today. In London the scholarships are administered by the Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation created by a trust deed in 1871 'for the education of musical students of both sexes in pursuance of the intentions of the founders'. The recipients include Arthur Sullivan (1856), Malcolm Arnold (1948) and Kenneth Leighton (1951). Further details can be found of the Foundation's website.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Probably donated ca 2000 though circumstances of the acquisition remain unknown.

Letter of condolence on the death of Elisabeth Wach (née Mendlessohn Bartholdy), 1910
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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