Manchester Collective and Abel Selaocoe: Sirocco
  • Sunday 17 November 2024, 7:00pm
  • The Stoller Hall
  • £27.50. Student/U18 £14
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★★★★★“A total reset for the mind and heart” The Times

Joy, warmth and irrepressible energy.

Sirocco is a great storm of music from across the world, played with heart and virtuosity. Earning standing ovations from New York to Frankfurt, its infectious spirit will have you up on your feet and singing along.

Expect the unexpected as original South African folk rubs shoulders with music from the Western canon. Classical strings dance to the beat of African drums and electric bass guitar. Outrageous solos await. Sirocco is a love letter to music and camaraderie, crafted by Manchester Collective with singular cellist and storyteller Abel Selaocoe over the years. Each performance is different from the last.

Join Manchester Collective to celebrate the unifying power of music in what may be Sirocco’s boldest tour yet.

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe has established himself as a leading voice of reimagining classical music. Redefining the parameters of the cello, he moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world and jazz musicians, to concertos and solo performances. Selaocoe combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and is devoted to composing works and curating programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, broadening the horizons of classical music to reach a more diverse audience. In 2023 he was awarded the RPS Instrumentalist Award for his performances and collaborations which “blaze with creation, sending
audiences home on a high”.

ABOUT ABEL SELAOCOE

Selaocoe thrives in exploratory settings, developing new projects with contemporaries, and enjoys close collaborations with musicians from a medley of genres, including Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Seckou Keita, Manchester Collective, Giovanni Sollima and Dudù Kouaté. In 2016, Selaocoe formed Chesaba – a trio specialising in music from the African continent, including many of his own compositions – and in 2022 formed the Bantu Ensemble who perform his music widely.

Selaocoe is Artistic Partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artist Spotlight at London’s Barbican Centre and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers, performing with each several times throughout the season. Selaocoe also continues to perform his solo cello concerto Four Spirits widely in 2023/24 with performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra at EFG London Jazz Festival and Philharmonie Zuidnederlands.

In 2023/24 he will make his debut at Edinburgh International Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Caramoor and at Carnegie Hall with Sphinx Virtuosi. He also tours to the US with Manchester Collective and UK and Europe with his Bantu Ensemble. Selaocoe completed his International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in July 2018. In May 2021, he was announced as an inaugural Power Up Music Creator participant in PRS Foundation’s new initiative to address anti-Black racism
and racial disparities in the music sector and in July 2021, he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for his compositional work.

Abel Selaocoe is an exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics.

Manchester Collective and Abel Selaocoe: Sirocco
  • The Stoller Hall
  • £27.50. Student/U18 £14

Performers

Performers

Abel Selaocoe cello
Rakhi Singh violin
Simmy Singh iolin
Ruth Gibson viola
Alan Keary bass guitar
Sidiki Dembele percussion

★★★★★“A total reset for the mind and heart” The Times

Joy, warmth and irrepressible energy.

Sirocco is a great storm of music from across the world, played with heart and virtuosity. Earning standing ovations from New York to Frankfurt, its infectious spirit will have you up on your feet and singing along.

Expect the unexpected as original South African folk rubs shoulders with music from the Western canon. Classical strings dance to the beat of African drums and electric bass guitar. Outrageous solos await. Sirocco is a love letter to music and camaraderie, crafted by Manchester Collective with singular cellist and storyteller Abel Selaocoe over the years. Each performance is different from the last.

Join Manchester Collective to celebrate the unifying power of music in what may be Sirocco’s boldest tour yet.

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe has established himself as a leading voice of reimagining classical music. Redefining the parameters of the cello, he moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world and jazz musicians, to concertos and solo performances. Selaocoe combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and is devoted to composing works and curating programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, broadening the horizons of classical music to reach a more diverse audience. In 2023 he was awarded the RPS Instrumentalist Award for his performances and collaborations which “blaze with creation, sending
audiences home on a high”.

ABOUT ABEL SELAOCOE

Selaocoe thrives in exploratory settings, developing new projects with contemporaries, and enjoys close collaborations with musicians from a medley of genres, including Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Seckou Keita, Manchester Collective, Giovanni Sollima and Dudù Kouaté. In 2016, Selaocoe formed Chesaba – a trio specialising in music from the African continent, including many of his own compositions – and in 2022 formed the Bantu Ensemble who perform his music widely.

Selaocoe is Artistic Partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artist Spotlight at London’s Barbican Centre and Artist in Association with the BBC Singers, performing with each several times throughout the season. Selaocoe also continues to perform his solo cello concerto Four Spirits widely in 2023/24 with performances with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra at EFG London Jazz Festival and Philharmonie Zuidnederlands.

In 2023/24 he will make his debut at Edinburgh International Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Caramoor and at Carnegie Hall with Sphinx Virtuosi. He also tours to the US with Manchester Collective and UK and Europe with his Bantu Ensemble. Selaocoe completed his International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in July 2018. In May 2021, he was announced as an inaugural Power Up Music Creator participant in PRS Foundation’s new initiative to address anti-Black racism
and racial disparities in the music sector and in July 2021, he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for his compositional work.

Abel Selaocoe is an exclusive recording artist with Warner Classics.

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