The National Gallery remembers Myra Hess and the Blitz

Thursday 18 October, 1–2pm

Room 36

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.

A performance by Imogen Cooper dedicated to Dame Myra Hess who, against all odds, arranged concerts in the National Gallery every day of the week throughout the Second World War

The first concert took place at the National Gallery on 10 October 1939. Dame Myra Hess and her team had only a few weeks to make the arrangements and busied themselves booking performers, equipping the venue, and organising publicity.

Director, Kenneth Clark, after gaining approval from the Gallery's trustees for the project, then turned his attention to convincing the Home Office and Ministry of Works to grant the concerts dispensation from the ban on public gatherings.

'The sooner we can start the better', he wrote, 'As this is the period when people are beginning to feel the want of nourishment for mind and spirit and it would be a great thing for the National Gallery to give a lead'.

Join us to celebrate Dame Myra Hess's wartime inspiration.

Programme, performed by Imogen Cooper

Haydn Sonata in C major Hob. XVI/50



Allegro molto

Schubert Sonata in C minor D. 958



Menuetto: Allegro-Trio


About Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism with a widespread international career including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, NHK Symphony Orchestras and all the major British orchestras.

Imogen received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year's Honours List 2007 and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. In 1997 she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University.

The Imogen Cooper Music Trust was founded in 2015, to support young pianists at the cusp of their careers, and give them time to study intensively in an environment of peace and beauty.

Image above: Imogen Cooper © Sim Canetty Clarke