We are delighted to announce that world renowned cellist, Steven Isserlis, has become the first Patron of Second Hope. Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

Steve Isserlis

As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Writing and playing for children is another major interest. Steven Isserlis’ books for children about the lives of the great composers – Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and its sequel, Why Handel Waggled his Wig – are published by Faber and Faber.

He has also written the text for three musical stories for children – Little Red Violin, Goldiepegs and the Three Cellos and Cindercella – with music by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley. The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis’s honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, and the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame.

Steven is also very knowledgeable about advanced breast cancer as sadly his wife Pauline died in 2010 from the disease. Steven well understands the reality of the disease and will bring a real empathy to his role as Patron.

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