Abel Selaocoe and Chesaba with Manchester Collective: Sirocco
SJE Arts in collaboration with Oxford Festival of the Arts
Abel Selaocoe cello, Rakhi Singh violin, Simmy Singh violin, Ruth Gibson viola, Alan Keary electric bass, Sidiki Dembele percussion.
Lawes Aire in C
Haydn Op. 76 No.1, II. Adagio Sostenuto
Trad. Ibuyile (South Africa)
Trad. Takamba (Mali)
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.