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The Myra Hess Concert 2021

The Nash Ensemble

Our annual celebration of the pianist Myra Hess returns to the National Gallery
Date
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Time
1 - 2 pm

About

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.

Programme

  • Mozart - Piano Trio in E, K542
  • Brahms - Piano Trio in C, Op.87

Players

  • 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.

Music & performance

The Myra Hess Concert 2021

The Nash Ensemble

Our annual celebration of the pianist Myra Hess returns to the National Gallery
Date
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Time
1 - 2 pm

Tickets (free)

Please book a ticket to access the event onsite. This ticket will grant you admission to the National Gallery.