The National Gallery remembers Myra Hess

Date and time

Thursday 24 November, 1–2.15pm

Room 36

Waka Hasegawa and Joseph Tong


Admission free

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats cannot be reserved.

Join us for a concert in memory of the great pianist, Dame Myra Hess.

Park Lane Group Young Artists, Waka Hasegawa and Joseph Tong, are one of the UK's leading piano duos.

Their concert will include music by Schumann, Bizet, John McCabe, Schubert, and Ravel.

Dame Myra Hess

During the Second World War, the pianist Dame Myra Hess put on concerts at the National Gallery to raise morale. Hess and friends from the classical music world staged concerts over the entire wartime period. From October 1939 there were daily performances from Monday to Friday, every week of the year and even during the Blitz. Hess's concerts were a great success: long queues formed outside the Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The concerts did much to boost the morale of ordinary Londoners at a time of 'cultural blackout' and continue to be remembered here at the Gallery.

Image above: Dame Myra Hess in concert during The Second World War