Lunchtime Concert

Lunchtime Concert

Dame Myra Hess Day

Date and time

Friday 22 November 2013, 1-2.15pm

Room 36

Piers Lane (piano)

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Listen, Enjoy, Remember

These concerts are dedicated to Myra Hess who, against insurmountable odds, arranged concerts in the National Gallery every day of the week throughout the war. Her concerts offered comfort, solace and reprieve to a devastated London. Let music surround and inspire you in the original setting.

Lunchtime concert

The National Gallery concerts began on Tuesday 10 October, 1939, with a piano recital given by Myra Hess herself 'in case the whole thing is a flop'. This concert is a recreation of her first concert.


Featuring Piers Lane, piano.


Short Sonata in B minor (Longon No. 33)

Short Sonata in G major (Longo No. 347)


Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, Bk. 1, No. 22

Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, Bk. 1, No. 3


Sonata in F minor, Op 57 (Apassionoanta)

Allegro assai

Andante con moto (variations)

Allegro ma non troppo

Schubert: Dances

German Dances D783: No 1 in A, 2 in D, 3 in Bb, 4 in G, 5 in b minor

Ländler D 790 No 3 in D

Schubert: D783: 10 in A

Schubert: D779: 13 in A


Nocturne in D flat, Op 27, No. 2

Waltz in E flat, Op 18

Intermezzi in B minor, Op. 119, No. 1

Intermezzi in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2

Intermezzi in C major, Op. 119, No. 3


Bach: Gigue from French Suite in G major

Bach/Hess: Chorale: 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'

The Dame Myra Hess Day is generously supported by Miss Dasha Shenkman who also supports The Belle Shenkman Music Programme. Concerts by Royal College of Music students take place throughout the year at the National Gallery in memory of her late mother, Belle Shenkman, who was a great supporter of the Royal College of Music and the arts in general.

Image above: Piers Lane © Eric Richmond