By popular consensus, Schumann died of third-stage syphilis, but on closer examination this is rather suspect. Jonathan Noble, a surgeon and author of a new book analysing the illnesses and deaths of great composers, and composer Jonathan Darnborough debate the other more sinister explanations for his tragic early death.

Steven Isserlis

Friday 13 July, 11am-1pm
Pittville Pump Room
£28 £23 £16*

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. In this fascinating new programme he explores the works of three significant male composers and the less well-known and unfairly overlooked female composers who influenced, inspired and supported them, bringing their extraordinary compositions back to the concert platform where they rightly belong.

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Pittville Pump Room, Oval Room

Pittville Pump Room is an elegant Grade 1 listed Regency building and perhaps the most famous example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Standing in regal splendour at one end of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to more than 100 years of fame that Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town.

The Festival’s morning recitals at the Pump Room are its continuing glory.

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