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National Library buys Henschel manuscripts

AN archive of manuscripts and letters by a composer who spent much of his life in Aviemore will return to Scotland after being bought by the National Library.

Sir George Henschel, who lived from 1850 until 1934 and was originally from Prussia, conducted the ­Scottish Orchestra for two years and had a holiday home in Aviemore.

The archive was auctioned at Halls in Shrewsbury after being put on sale by owner Janet Miles, whose grandmother was a friend of the musician. It was bought by the National Library of Scotland for £1000.

Jean Rusden, who entered it on behalf of her sister-in-law, said: "I know she will be pleased that it's going to the National Library of Scotland because she wanted it to go into an archive."

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