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Abel Selaocoe and Chesaba with Manchester Collective: Sirocco

Mon 4 Jul 19:30 - 21:30

SJE Arts in collaboration with Oxford Festival of the Arts

Creative Team
Abel Selaocoe cello, Rakhi Singh violin, Simmy Singh violin, Ruth Gibson viola, Alan Keary electric bass, Sidiki Dembele percussion.

Solliama Lamentatio
Chesaba Improvisation
Lawes Aire in C
Haydn Op. 76 No.1, II. Adagio Sostenuto
Trad. Ibuyile (South Africa)
Trad. Takamba (Mali)
Stravinsky Concertino
Trad. Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark)
Trad. Shaka (Ivory Coast)
Trad. O Fredrik, O Fredrik (Denmark)
Purcell Excerpts from The Fairy Queen
Trad. Ka Bohaleng (South Africa)

Pure joy and energy! Sirocco is a great storm of music celebrating the incredible warmth and diversity of traditions from across the globe. In a programme that mixes European classical with Danish Folk and traditional African music,  inspirational South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and members of his band Chesaba join forces with Manchester Collective string quartet.


‘Abel Selaocoe is billed as a cellist and composer but that doesn’t begin to cover his talents. The South African musician also sings, improvises, dances and directs, seemingly sculpting sound with his hands…’
Rebecca Franks, The Times, April 2022

‘Among the world’s cellists, Sheku Kanneh-Mason may have his sunshine beam and Steven Isserlis his throbbing curls, but I can’t think of one who radiates so much heart and joy as Abel Selaocoe…’
Geoff Brown, The Times, August 2021


Free tickets for 8-25 year olds
A number of free tickets are available for young people aged 8-25 through the  Cavatina Chamber Music Trust scheme. To apply, please contact Oxford Festival of the Arts.




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Date and Time

Mon 4 Jul
19:30 - 21:30
£30, £25, £20, £18 and concessions


SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


SJE Arts
Oxford Festival of the Arts