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Collection Title
National Gallery Concerts (1939-46)
Unique Identifier
Cup.404.c.1/1.-11
Description
A complete set of programmes for the National Gallery Concerts, given in London between October 1939 and April 1946, compiled by Dame Myra Hess and held as seven bound volumes.

In addition to the volumes of individual concert programmes, this collection includes: a volume of Weekly Programmes; a 2-volume index of works performed; a card index of performers; an index of first performances; 2 volumes of Daily Returns for the concerts; 2 copies of a published history of the National Gallery Concerts; a published index of the works performed; and a volume of correspondence, minutes and balance books.

The programmes are essentially single-sided documents although, very occasionally, there are brief programme notes and/or words for vocal pieces. All programmes carry handwritten annotations which indicate the number of people attending the concert and the amount of money taken. Some also include annotations recording alterations to either the performers or to the works listed. Later programmes carry additional annotations which record certain contemporary social and political events, the majority relating to World War II.

The concerts were predominantly vocal or instrumental recitals or chamber music performances. As indicated below, certain concerts were devoted entirely to the work of a single composer.

The concerts were given each day during the week, missing only Good Friday and days, where appropriate, around Christmas. A detailed index of the first volume is provided below as a representative sample. Thereafter only the dates of the performances are given.

Volume 1: October 1939–August 1940
10 October 1939: Myra Hess (piano).
11 October 1939: Kathleen Long (piano) and Eda Kersey (violin).
12 October 1939: Roy Henderson (baritone) and Gerald Moore (piano).
13 October 1939: Jelly d'Aranyi (violin), Gaspar Cassado (cello) and Myra Hess (piano).
16 October 1939: Astra Desmond (vocal), May Harrison (violin) and Gerald Moore (piano).
17 October 1939: Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano).
18 October 1939: Stratton String Quartet (George Stratton, Carl Taylor, Watson Forbes and John Moore).
19 October 1939: Fleet Street Choir, conducted by T. B. Lawrence.
20 October 1939: William Murdoch (piano) and Antoni Brosa (violin).
23 October 1939: Heddle Nash (tenor) and Denise Lassimonne (piano), accompanied by Compton Haywood.
24 October 1939: Myra Hess (piano) and the Griller String Quartet (Sidney Griller, Jack O'Brien, Philip Burton and Colin Hampton).
25 October 1939: Lisa Perli (soprano) and Cyril Smith (piano), accompanied by Katharine Parker.
26 October 1939: Gaspar Cassado (cello) and Gerald Moore (piano).
27 October 1939: Folk Songs of Many Lands, performed by Engel Lung (vocal) and Dr. Ferdinand Rauter (piano).
30 October 1939: Grinke Trio (Kendall Taylor, Frederick Grinke and Florence Hooton) with William Parsons (baritone).
31 October 1939: Myra Hess (piano) and Adila Fachiri (violin).

1 November 1939: Harriet Cohen (piano) and the Griller String Quartet.
2 November 1939: Olga Haley (vocal), Pauline Juler (clarinet) and Howard Ferguson (piano).
3 November 1939: Solomon (piano).
6 November 1939: The Philharmonic Ensemble, being Marie Korchinska (harp), John Francis (flute), Max Gilbert (viola), David Martin (violin) and James Whitehead (cello).
7 November 1939: Elena Gerhardt (vocal) and Myra Hess (piano), accompanied by Grace Shearer.
8 November 1939: Kutcher String Quartet (Samuel Kutcher, Max Salpeter, Leonard Rubens and George Roth).
9 November 1939: J. S. Bach concert, with Elsie Suddaby (soprano), Eric Greene (tenor), John Francis (flute) and Howard Ferguson (piano).
10 November 1939: Works for Two Pianos given by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson.
13 November 1939: Joan Cross (vocal) and Clifford Curzon (piano), accompanied by Cecil Belcher.
14 November 1939: N. Orloff (piano).
15 November 1939: Harry Blech and Edward Silverman (violin), Douglas Thomson (viola) and William Pleeth (cello), with David Lloyd (vocal) and Norman Franklin (piano).
16 November 1939: Tudor Strings (R. Vaughan Williams, President), with Lucille Wallace (harpsichord), conducted by Cuthbert Bates.
17 November 1939: Lionel Tertis (viola), Cedric Sharpe (cello) and William Murdoch (piano).
20 November 1939: Irene Kohler (piano) and Keith Falkner (vocal), accompanied Christabel Fullard.
21 November 1939: Myra Hess (piano) with the Menges String Quartet (Isolde Menges, Beatrice Carrelle, John Yewe Dyer and Ivor James).
22 November 1939: Maggie Teyte (vocal) and Denis Matthews (piano), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
23 November 1939: Boyd Neel String Orchestra, conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood, with Myra Hess (piano), Frederick Grinke (violin) and Gordon Walker (flute).
24 November 1939: John Hunt (piano) and Thelma Reiss (cello).
27 November 1939: Isolde Menges and Beatrice Carrelle (violin), Mary Jarred (vocal) and Howard Ferguson (piano).
28 November 1939: Joan Cross (soprano), Edith Coates (alto), Tudor Davies (tenor) and Arnold Matters (baritone), accompanied by Geoffrey Corbett.
29 November 1939: Noλl Eadie (soprano) and Lance Dossor (piano), accompanied by Ella Ivimey.
30 November 1939: Kamaran Trio, of Kathleen Markwell (piano), Marjorie Hayward (violin) and Antonia Butler (cello).

1 December 1939: Elena Gerhard (vocal), Myra Hess (piano) and Lionel Tertis (viola).
4 December 1939: Dorothy Hesse (piano) and Harold Williams (vocal), accompanied by Harold Craxton.
5 December 1939: John Goss (vocal), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
6 December 1939: Rosι String Quartet (Arnold Rose, Walter Price, Ernest Tomlinson and Friedrich Buxbaum).
7 December 1939: Jan Van der Gucht (vocal) and Etienne Amyot (piano).
8 December 1939: Chamber Music Players, being William Murdoch (piano), Albert Sammons (violin), Lionel Tertis (viola) and Cederic Sharpe (cello).
11 December 1939: Nina Milkina (piano) and John Fullard (vocal), accompanied by Emrys Edwards.
12 December 1939: Louis Kentner and the Philharmonic String Trio (David Martin, Max Gilbert and James Whitehead), with James Merritt (double bass).
13 December 1939: Isobel Baillie (vocal) and Dorothy Manley and Myers Foggin (piano duet), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
14 December 1939: Myra Hess (piano), Jelly d'Aranyi (violin) and Gaspar Cassado (cello).
15 December 1939: Beatrice Harrison (cello) and John Simons (piano), accompanied by Margaret Harrison.
18 December 1939: Jacques String Orchestra, led by Carl Taylor and conducted by Reginald Jacques.
19 December 1939: Programme of Works for Two Pianos, given by Irene Scharrer and Myra Hess.
20 December 1939: Eileen Joyce (piano) and Henry Cummings (singer), accompanied by Lois Turner.
21 December 1939: Pirani Trio (Max Pirani, Leila Pirano and Charles Hambourg).
22 December 1939: Carols, Lute Songs and Madrigals, given by the New English Singers, directed by Cuthbert Kelly.
27 December 1939: Eric Greene and Keith Falkner (vocal) and Iso Elinson and Gerald Moore (piano).
28 December 1939: Mark Hambourg (piano).
29 December 1939: 'Ayres and Ale (minus the Ale)', given by John Goss and the London Singers (Tom Purvis, S. Taylor Harris, Robert Powell, Gordon Parfitt and David Carver).

1 January 1940: Clifford Curzon, Lance Dossor, Myra Hess, Eileen Joyce, Kathleen Long, Moiseiwitsch, William Murdoch, Irene Scharrer, John Simons and Cyril Smith (pianos), Gilbert Vinter (bassoon), Ivor James (cello) and the Menges String Quartet, conducted by Kenneth Clark.
2 January 1940: Bach concert, with Adila Fachiri (violin), Kathleen Long (piano) and Joseph Slater (flute).
3 January 1940: London Madrigal Group (Margaret Field-Hyde, Doris Lock, Eileen Pilcher, Alfred Hepworth, Harold Child and Kenneth Ellis), directed by T. B. Lawrence with Jean Norris (piano).
4 January 1940: Mozart-Delius concert, with Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).
5 January 1940: Jean Sterling Mackinlay (vocal), accompanied by Maurice Jacobson.
8 January 1940: Watson Forbes (viola), Myers Foggin (piano) and Dorothy Robson (vocal), accompanied by Harold Craxton.
9 January 1940: Stratton String Quartet (George Stratton, Carl Taylor, Watson Forbes and John Moore).
10 January 1940: Myra Hess (piano) and the Menges String Quartet.
11 January 1940: Nicolas Medtner concert, with Medtner (piano) and Tatiana Makushina (vocal).
12 January 1940: Whinyates String Quartet (Seymour Whinyates, Dorothy Everitt, Veronica Gotch and Helen Just), with Joy Boughton (oboe).
15 January 1940: Menges String Quartet.
16 January 1940: Leily Howell (cello) and Clifford Curzon (piano), accompanied by Reginald Paul.
17 January 1940: Malcolm Sargent (piano) and the Kutcher String Quartet.
18 January 1940: Albert Sammons (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
19 January 1940: Harold Craxton (piano) and Laurence Holmes (vocal), accompanied by Reginald Paul.
22 January 1940: Stratton String Quartet, with Edward Selwyn (oboe).
23 January 1940: Isobel Baillie (vocal), Florence Hooton (cello) and Kendall Taylor (piano), accompanied by Eric Gritton.
24 January 1940: Blech String Quartet.
25 January 1940: Henry Holst (violin), Helen Just (cello) and Phyllis Sellick (piano).
26 January 1940: Jan van der Gucht (vocal) and Etienne Amyot (piano).
29 January 1940: Hirsch String Quartet (Leonard Hirsch, Henry Ball, James Verity and Kathleen Moorhouse) with Gertrude Peppercorn (piano).
30 January 1940: Beethoven concert by the Menges String Quartet.
31 January 1940: Lisa Perli (vocal) and Myra Hess (piano), accompanied by Gerald Moore.

1 February 1940: Boyd Neel String Orchestra, led by Frederick Grinke and conducted by Boyd Neel.
2 February 1940: Moura Lympany (piano) and Norman Allin (vocal), accompanied by Josephine Lee.
5 February 1940: Norina Semino (cello), John Pauer (piano) and Dorothy Helmrich (vocal), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
6 February 1940: Bach concert, with Irene Scharrer and Myra Hess (piano) and Elsie Suddaby (vocal), accompanied by Dr. Thornton Lofthouse.
7 February 1940: Philharmonic Ensemble, namely Marie Korchinska (harp), David Martin (violin), John Francis (flute), Max Gilbert (viola) and James Whitehead (cello).
8 February 1940: Winifred Copperwheat (viola), Harry Isaacs (piano) and Geoffrey Dunn (vocal).
9 February 1940: Beethoven concert by the Stratton String Quartet.
12 February 1940: Eunice Gardiner (piano) and Henry Wendon (vocal), accompanied by Geoffrey Corbett.
13 February 1940: Beethoven concert by the Menges String Quartet.
14 February 1940: Folk Songs of Many Lands, with Engel Lund (vocal) and Ferdinand Rauter (piano).
15 February 1940: Brahms concert, Miriam Licette, Anne Wood, John McKenna and Vere Laurie (vocal) and Howard Ferguson and Denis Matthews (piano).
16 February 1940: Louis Kentner (piano) and Wanda Luzzato (violin).
19 February 1940: Vivian Langrish (piano) and Trefor Jones (vocal), accompanied by Florence Trefor Jones.
20 February 1940: Kathleen Long (piano) and Eda Kersey (violin).
21 February 1940: Margaret Good (piano), Harry Blech (violin) and William Pleeth (cello).
22 February 1940: Beethoven concert by the Menges String Quartet.
23 February 1940: Mozart concert, Betty Humby (piano), George Stratton (violin), John Moore (cello) and Winifred Radford (vocal), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
26 February 1940: Muriel Brunskill (vocal) and Leslie England (piano), accompanied by Robert Ainsworth.
27 February 1940: Chopin concert, Irene Scharrer (piano).
28 February 1940: 100th Programme, Menges String Quartet and Myra Hess (piano) (with a brief historical account of the concert series, by Frank Howes).
29 February 1940: Beethoven concert, Kutcher String Quartet.

1 March 1940: Flora Nielsen (vocal) and the Grinke [Piano] Trio. (Kendall Taylor, Frederick Grinke and Florence Hooton).
4 March 1940: Antonio Brosa (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
5 March 1940: Philip Lθvi (piano), Joseph Slater (flute) and Mary Hamlin (singer), accompanied by Geoffrey O’Connor Morris.
6 March 1940: Dvorak concert, Blech String Quartet, with Herbert Lodge (double bass).
7 March 1940: Liszt concert, Cyril Smith (piano) and Henry Cummings (vocal), accompanied by Lois Turner.
8 March 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).
11 March 1940: Leighton String Quartet (Irene Richards, Ruth Pearl, Jean Stewart and Vera Caning), with Marie Howes (vocal), accompanied by Frank Howes.
12 March 1940: Denis Matthews (piano).
13 March 1940: Sibelius concert, Stratton String Quartet with Astra Desmond (vocal), accompanied by Grace Shearer.
14 March 1940: Beethoven concert, Henry Holst (violin) and Frank Merrick (piano).
15 March 1940: Maurice Cole [Piano][ Trio (Maurice Cole, Winifred Small and Kathleen Moorhouse).
18 March 1940: Margaret Balfour (vocal) and Virginia McLean (piano), acc. by Bertram Harrison.
19 March 1940: Myra Hess (piano) and the Griller String Quartet.
20 March 1940: Florence Austral (vocal) and Mischel Cherniavsky (cello), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
21 March 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).
26 March 1940: Reginald Paul Pianoforte Quartet (Reginald Paul, George Stratton, Watson Forbes and John Moore).
27 March 1940: Bach concert, Irene Scharrer and Myra Hess (piano), and Elsie Suddaby (vocal), accompanied by Thornton Lofthouse.
28 March 1940: Griller String Quartet.
29 March 1940: Tessa Bloom (piano) and George Parker (vocal), accompanied by Norman Franklin.

1 April 1940: Norah Scott-Turner (vocal), Harold Craxton (piano) and Harry Blech (violin).
2 April 1940: Rachmaninoff (as a tribute to the composer, on his birthday), with Moiseiwitsch (piano), Alfred Barker (violin) and Leily Howell (cello).
3 April 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).
4 April 1940: Schubert concert, Keith Falkner (vocal) and Howard Ferguson (piano) (with handwritten annotations suggesting that the concert was actually given by vocalist Laurence Homes and pianist Harold Craxton).
5 April 1940: Arthur Catterall String Orchestra, led by Kathleen Tierney and conducted by Arthur Catterall.
8 April 1940: Francesco Ticciati (piano) and Sophie Wyss (vocal), accompanied by Josephine Southey-John.
9 April 1940: Beethoven concert, Norman Tucker (piano), James Phillips (cello) and Pauline Juler (clarinet).
10 April 1940: Faure concert, John Simons (piano), the Philharmonic String Trio and Betty Bannerman (vocal), accompanied by Grace Shearer.
11 April 1940: Isolde Menges (violin) and Howard Ferguson (piano), including the first public performance of Denis Matthews, Five Sketches for Violin and Pianoforte (with brief notes).
12 April 1940: Myra Hess (piano) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble of Thomas Matthews and Reginald Morley (violin), Maurice Ward (viola), Cedric Sharpe (cello), Charles Gregory and Vincent Burrows (horn).
15 April 1940: Guy Jonson (piano) and Jeanne Dusseau (vocal), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
16 April 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).
17 April 1940: Ravel concert, Hirsch String Quartet with Joseph Slater (flute), Stephen Waters (clarinet) and Gwendolen Mason (harp).
18 April 1940: May Harrison (violin) and Julius Isserlis (piano).
19 April 1940: Edward Isaacs (piano) and Ronald Stear (vocal), accompanied by George Coop.
22 April 1940: Joan Davies (piano), Max Gilbert (viola) and Bruce Flegg (vocal).
23 April 1940: Myra Hess (piano) and the Menges String Quartet, including the first public performance of Howard Ferguson, Sonata for Pianoforte in F minor (with historical and analytical notes including musical examples).
24 April 1940: Kathleen Long (piano), Eda Kersey (violin) and James Whitehead (cello).
25 April 1940: Michal Hambourg (piano) and Robert Irwin (vocal), accompanied by Harry Isaacs.
26 April 1940: Blech String Quartet.
29 April 1940: Hilda Bor (piano) and Sarah Fischer (vocal), accompanied by Thornton Lofthouse.
30 April 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph (piano) and Thomas Matthews (violin).

1 May 1940: Bach/Brandenburg Concertos, conducted by Boyd Neel (with list of instrumental ensemble).
2 May 1940: Albert Sammons (violin), Edmund Rubbra (piano) and Gerald Moore (piano).
3 May 1940: Schubert concert, Howard Ferguson and Denis Matthews (piano) and Norman Walker (vocal), accompanied by Harold Craxton.
6 May 1940: Frederick Grinke (violin), Watson Forbes (viola) and Parry Jones (vocal), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
7 May 1940: Mozart-Brahms concert, Myra Hess (piano), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble.
8 May 1940: Menges String Quartet, with an additional quartet of Lorraine du Val, Ruth Pearl, Alfred de Reyghere and Helen Just.
9 May 1940: London Song-Men, conducted by John Dyke Bower.
10 May 1940: Rosamund Leonard (piano) and Arthur Fear (vocal), accompanied by Douglas Hawkridge.
14 May 1940: Mozart concert, Griller String Quartet and Frederick Thurston (clarinet)
15 May 1940: Bach/Brandenburg Concertos, conducted by Boyd Neel (with list of instrumental ensemble).
16 May 1940: Thelma Reiss (cello), Cyril Smith (piano) and John Morel (vocal), accompanied by Ella Morel.
17 May 1940: Kutcher String Quartet.
20 May 1940: Works for Two Pianofortes, given by York Bowen and Harry Issacs.
21 May 1940: Schumann concert, Elena Gerhardt (vocal) and Myra Hess (piano).
22 May 1940: Elgar concert, Eileen Joyce (piano) and the Stratton String Quartet.
23: May 1940 Chopin concert, Angus Morrison (piano), Antonia Butler (cello) and Myra Verney (vocal), accompanied by Ivor Newton.
24 May 1940: Griller String Quartet.
27 May 1940: Meyer Rosenstein (piano) and Megan Foster (vocal), accompanied by Vera Parker-Crook.
28 May 1940: Holst Trio of Henry Holst (violin), Helen Just (cello) and Phyllis Sellick (piano).
29 May 1940: Sylvan Trio of John Francis (flute), Joy Boughton (oboe) and Gilbert Vinter (bassoon).
30 May 1940: Brahms concerts, Myra Hess (piano) and Robert Irwin (baritone), accompanied by Harry Issacs (with words for Brahms, Vier ernste Gesδnge).
31 May 1940: Mozart concerts, Griller String Quartet with Max Gilbert (viola).

3 June 1940: Bach concert, Mary Jarred (alto) and Ethel de Gomez (piano), accompanied by Norman Feasey.
4 June 1940: Myra Hess (piano) with the Griller String Quartet.
5 June 1940: Kathleen Cooper (piano) and Keith Falkner (baritone), accompanied by Howard Ferguson.
6 June 1940: Blech String Quartet.
7 June 1940: Beethoven concert, Isolde Menges (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
10 June 1940: Winifred Smith (violin), Winifred Allan (viola), Norina Semino (cello) and Myra Hess (piano).
11 June 1940: Cambridge University Madrigal Society, conducted by Boris Ord.
12 June 1940: Works for Two Pianofortes, given by Ilona Kabos and Louis Kentner
13 June 1940: Kutcher String Quartet.
14 June 1940: Mozart concert, Denise Lassimonne and Hilda Dederich (piano) and Roy Henderson (baritone), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
17 June 1940: Ebsworth String Quartet (Eileen Ebsworth-Chapman, Elizabeth Hunt, Phyllis Ebsworth-Chapman and Eleanor Warren).
18 June 1940: Kendall Taylor (piano), Florence Hooton (cello) and Laelia Finneberg (soprano), accompanied by Ivor Newton.
19 June 1940: Menges String Quartet, with Frederick Thurston (clarinet).
20 June 1940: Recital of Folk Songs of Many Lands, Engel Lund (vocal) and Ferdinand Rauter (piano).
21 June 1940: Myra Hess (piano).
24 June 1940: Hetty Bolton (piano) and Harold Fairhurst (violin).
25 June 1940: Mozart concert, Eileen Ralph and Howard Ferguson (piano), Thomas Matthews (violin), Philip Burton (viola) and Pauline Juler (clarinet).
26 June 1940: Bach concert, Victor Hely-Hutchinson (piano) and Alfred Cave (violin).
27 June 1940: Beethoven. Holst Trio.
28 June 1940: Clifford Curzon (piano).

July 1940
1 July 1940: Margaret Maddison (piano) and Dennis Noble (vocal), accompanied by Eric Gritton.
2 July 1940: Brahms concert, Norman Tucker (piano), James Phillips (cello) and Pauline Juler (clarinet).
3 July 1940: William Murdoch (piano), Albert Sammons (violin), Cedric Sharpe (cello).
4 July 1940: Hirsch String Quartet with Meriel St. Clair (soprano), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
5 July 1940: Beethoven concert, Isolde Menges (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
8 July 1940: Reginald Paul (piano) and Mary Bonin (soprano).
9 July 1940: Bach concert, Irene Scharrer and Myra Hess (piano) with Elsie Suddaby (soprano), accompanied by Thornton Lofthouse.
10 July 1940: Beethoven. Holst Trio.
11 July 1940: Benno Moiseiwitsch (piano) and the Stratton Quartet.
12 July 1940: Mozart concert, with Nina Milkina (piano) and Irene Eisinger (soprano), accompanied by Ivor Newton.
15 July 1940: Helga White (viola) and Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano), accompanied by Boris Ord.
16 July 1940: Beethoven concert, Isolde Menges (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
17 July 1940: Blech String Quartet.
18 July 1940: Jean du Chastain (piano) and Joan Hammond (soprano), accompanied by Joan Singleton.
19 July 1940: Czech Programme, with the Czech Trio, of Maria Lonova (violin), Karel Horitz (cello) and H. W. Susskind (piano).
22 July 1940: Edie Miller (piano), Charles Souper (flute) and Irene Baker (soprano), accompanied by Cecil Belcher.
23 July 1940: Elgar concert, Orchestra of the Central Band of H. M. Royal Air Force, conducted by R. P. O'Donnell.
24 July 1940: Mozart concert, Stratton String Quartet with Joy Boughton (oboe).
25 July 1940: Brahms concert, Lionel Tertis (viola) and Myra Hess (piano).
26 July 1940: Beethoven concert, Holst Trio.
29 July 1940: Frank Laffitte (piano) and Margaret Bissett (alto), accompanied by Harry Stubbs.
30 July 1940: Schumann concert, Joan and Valerie Trimble (piano) and John McKenna (tenor), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
31 July 1940: Beethoven concert, Holst Trio.

1 August 1940: Kutcher String Quartet.
2 August 1940: Schubert concert, Olga Haley (soprano) and Myra Hess (piano), accompanied by Cecil Belcher.
5 August 1940: New London Trio, being Leonard Hirsch (violin), Norina Semino (cello) and John Pauer (piano).
6 August 1940: Stratton String Quartet.
7 August 1940: Oda Slobodskaya (soprano), John Amadio (flute) and Ivor Newton (piano).
8 August 1940: Mozart concert, Denis Matthews (piano), Frederick Grinke (violin), Watson Forbes (viola), James Whitehead (cello) and Olive Groves (soprano).
9 August 1940: Beethoven concert, Isolde Menges (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
12 August 1940: Maria Donska (piano) and Ronald Stear (baritone), accompanied by George Coop.
13 August 1940: Beethoven concert, Isolde Menges (violin) and Myra Hess (piano).
14 August 1940: Bach concert, Harold Craxton (piano), Joseph Slater (flute) and Mabel Ritichie (soprano).
15 August 1940: Dιsirιe MacEwan (piano) and the Hirsch String Quartet.
16 August 1940: Yvonne Arnaud (piano) and Andrι Mangeot (violin).
19 August 1940: Irene Kohler (piano) and Leonard Rubens (viola).
20 August 1940: Mozart concert, Denis Matthews and Howard Ferguson (piano).
21 August 1940: Orchestra of the Central Band of H. M. Royal Air Force, conducted by R. P. O'Donnell.
22 August 1940: Ethel Hobday (piano) and Albert Sammons (violin).
23 August 1940: Griller String Quartet.
26 August 1940: Ivey Dickson (piano), Marjorie Lavers (violin) and Roy Henderson (baritone), accompanied by Gerald Moore.
27 August 1940: Schubert concert, Menges String Quartet.
28 August 1940: Marie Korchinska (harp), Watson Forbes (viola) and John Francis (flute).
29 August 1940: French concert, Kathleen Long (piano), Eda Kersey (violin), James Whitehead (cello) and Ruth Naylor (soprano), accompanied by Bertram Harrison.
30 August 1940: Children's Concert, Kutcher String Quartet.


Volume 2: September 1940–June 1941
2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30 September; 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–31 October; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 November; and 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 26–27 and 30–31 December 1940; 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–31 January; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21 and 24–28 February; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 and 31 March; 1–4, 7–10, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–30 April; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 May; and 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30 June 1941. No concerts were given from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 December 1940 or on 11 April 1941 (Good Friday).

Volume 3: July 1941–June 1942
1–5, 8–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–31 July; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 August; 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–30 September; 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–31 October; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21 and 24–28 November; and 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–23 and 29–31 December 1941; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 January; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20 and 23–27 February; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30–31 March; 1–2, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–30 April; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 May; and 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–30 June 1942. No concerts were given from Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 December 1941 or on 3 April 1942 (Good Friday).

Volume 4: July 1942–June 1943
1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–31 July; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 and 31 August; 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 29–30 September; 1–2, 5–10, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 October; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30 November; and 2–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–23 and 28–31 December 1942; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 January; 1–5, 8–12, 15–19 and 22–26 February; 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–31 March; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–22 and 26–30 April; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 and 31 May; and 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28-30 June 1943. No concerts were given on Thursday 24 December and Friday 25 December 1942 or 23 April 1943 (Good Friday). There was an additional Birthday Concert on 10 October 1942.

Volume 5: July 1943–April 1944
1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 July; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30–31 August; 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–30 September; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 October; 2–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–30 November; and 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–23 and 27–31 December 1943; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 and 31 January; 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–29 February; 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–31 March; and 3–6, 10–14, 17–21 and 24–28 April 1944. There were no concerts on Friday 24 December 1943 or Friday 7 April 1944 (Good Friday).

Volume 6: May 1944–May 1945
1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–31 May; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 June; 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 and 31 July; 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–31 August; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22, and 25–29 September; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30–31 October; 1–3, 6–10, 13–17, 20–24 and 27–30 November; and 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 26–29 December 1944; 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–31 January; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–28 February; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–29 March; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30 April; 1–4, 7, 10–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–31 May; and 1 June 1945. There were no concerts given on Monday 25 December or 30 March 1945 (Good Friday). A handwritten annotation to the programme for 10 May 1945 records that the 'Gallery was closed. V.E. Day Holidays' on 8 and 9 May 1945.

Volume 7: June 1945–April 1946
4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 June; 2–6, 9–13, 16–20, 23–27 and 30–31 July; 1–3, 6–10, 13–14, 17, 20–24 and 27–31 August; 3, 5–7, 10–14, 17–21 and 24–28 September; 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 and 29–31 October; 1–2, 5–9, 12–16, 19–23 and 26–30 November; and 3–7, 10–14, 17–21, 26–28 and 31 December 1945; 1–4, 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 and 28–31 January; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–28 February; 1, 4–8, 11–15, 18–22 and 25–29 March; and 1–5 and 8–10 April 1946. There were no concerts on 24 and 25 December 1945. A handwritten annotation notes that, on 15 and 16 August 1945, 'Gallery closed VJ Day holidays'. No programme is given for 4 September, although a document dated 15 August is pasted in its place. The final programme, on 10 April, is accompanied by notes from a speech made by Myra Hess to mark the 1698th and last concert of this kind.
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1939 - 1946
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council