Abel Selaocoe celebrates folk traditions of the world in UK tour of ‘Sirocco’

Abel Selaocoe celebrates folk traditions of the world in UK tour of ‘Sirocco’

South African cellist announces series of performances with Manchester Collective in Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and London this May.

Witnessing Abel Selaocoe perform is a truly awe-inspiring experience – his performances seem to fill the air with a fizzing energy, and invariably raise goosebumps on the arms of his audiences. It gives Manchester Collective great pleasure to welcome him as Guest Director for this project.

Joining Manchester Collective for this unique collaboration is Abel’s band, Chesaba, a trio specialising in the performance of music from the African continent.

Adam Szabo, Director of Manchester Collective, said “Sirocco is pure joy and energy – a great storm of music that celebrates the incredible warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people.”

The programme covers everything from Giovanni Sollima’s inspired Lamentatio (in an outrageous virtuoso arrangement by Selaocoe), darkness and light by Ravel and Haydn, a set of original African work performed for the first time, and two gorgeous Danish folk songs to round off the night.


London / Wed 30 May 2018
Kings Place

Liverpool / Thu 31 May 2018
Invisible Wind Factory

Manchester / Sat 9 June
The Stoller Hall

TICKETS FROM £5: manchestercollective.co.uk/sirocco


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Rakhi Singh Violin
Simmy Singh Violin
Joel Hunter Viola
Kay Stephen Viola
Abel Selaocoe Cello
Alistair McMath Double Bass
Yahael Onono Percussion


SOLLIMA Lamentatio
TRAD. Takamba (Mali)
LAWES Aire in C
RAVEL Sonata for Cello and Violin, II. Très Vif
HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76 No. 1, II. Adagio Sostenuto
TRAD. Ibuyile (South Africa)
TRAD. Echa monati (South Africa)

TRAD. Sgubu (South Africa)
TRAD. Little One Mine (Ghana)
TRAD. Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark)
LAWES Paven in F
TRAD. O Fredik, O Fredik (Denmark)

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