During the Nazi era, Gerhard Hope was sent to England on a Kindertransport in 1938 and attended Anna Essinger's Bunce Court School in Otterden , where his uncle Bruno Adler, who had also fled, was a teacher. His parents were also able to save themselves to London in 1939 and Gerard now attended Highgate School there .
He published a number of books (Scherzando, Hopeless) with caricatures of conductors and orchestral musicians.
He became famous, however, through the music festivals he organized in the Royal Festival Hall in London (The Hope Music Festival Concert 1956, The Hope Interplanetary Music Festival 1958). Here he performed original music (by Francis Baines , Francis Chagrin , Franz Reizenstein , Malcolm Arnold , William Walton and Aaron Copland among others ) under his original direction with clownish interludes by the musicians. Recordings of the concerts appeared around 1970 on Hörzu Black Label . After Hope died early as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage , Malcolm Arnold continued the series of events in the sense of hope (The Hope Astronautical Music Festival 1961).
- Literature by and about Gerard Hope in the catalog of the German National Library
- Gerard Hoffnung in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- the Gerard Hope web site
- Anna's children at theguardian.com, accessed June 9, 2016
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German caricaturist and tuba player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 22, 1925|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 28, 1959|
|Place of death||London|