National Gallery Commemorates Second World War with Special Day of Events and New Online Resource

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LONDON.- In the year which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the National Gallery is launching an online archive dedicated to the history of the National Gallery during the Second World War. A series of special concerts will also be held at the Gallery on 5 October 2010, celebrating Dame Myra Hess, the pianist who conceived the idea to turn the National Gallery into a venue for musical concerts during the Blitz. The National Gallery is delighted to have secured a rare appearance from Ida Haendel, a world-renowned violinist who performed in the original wartime concerts when she was just a teenager. In a lunchtime concert she will perform a varied programme of music by Romanian, German and French composers with her accompanist Misha Dacic. The online archive focuses largely on Myra Hess and the wartime concerts, which boosted the morale of ordinary Londoners during a time of ‘cultural b