2009 is not only the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War but also of the start of the National Gallery concerts, organised by Dame Myra Hess and Howard Ferguson, which continued throughout the duration of the war. The 4th annual Dame Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery will mark this anniversary through a celebration of young musicians, a theme very close to Dame Myra’s heart. Throughout her career as a performer and teacher, Dame Myra showed an outstanding commitment to the training and encouragement of dedicated young musicians. She was known to assist students by refusing fees and offering her time generously in order to help them develop their talent.
Concerts devised and directed by Piers Lane, international concert pianist. Lane is Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and well known as a broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.
Supported by The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation. The foundation was set up some years ago by Ernest Hecht, one of England’s major independent book publishers, with the aim of helping the disadvantaged and promoting the advancement of the arts and education.