The Nash Ensemble
The Myra Hess concert 2021, performed by The Nash Ensemble, combines Mozart at his most sublime with Brahms at his most sonorous.
This trio programme was first played at the Gallery in 1941, the year in which Hess was made a Dame.
The concert is introduced by writer and presenter on music Dr Katy Hamilton.
- Mozart - Piano Trio in E, K542
- Brahms - Piano Trio in C, Op.87
- Adrian Brendel - cello
- Simon Crawford-Phillips - piano
- Stephanie Gonley - violin
Myra Hess and the National Gallery
During the Second World War, many of London's music halls, theatres, galleries and museums closed.
With the National Gallery empty of its paintings, the celebrated pianist Myra Hess had the revolutionary idea of using the Gallery as a venue for concerts to help raise morale and make classical music available to all.
From October 1939, Hess and her friends from the world of classical music performed concerts Monday to Friday, every week of the year, and even during the Blitz. They were a huge success with queues forming in Trafalgar Square.
We now hold an annual concert in commemoration of Hess.