Bourgie Hall presents

Abel Selaocoe & Manchester Collective – Sirocco

Combining virtuoso performances with song, improvisation, and percussion, South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, alongside Manchester Collective, tackles with ease a multitude of genres, pushing the boundaries of his instrument and weaving together Western and non-Western traditions.

Joy, warmth and irrepressible energy. Sirocco is a great storm of music from across the world, played with heart and virtuosity. Its infectious spirit has audiences up on their feet and singing along.

Abel Selaocoe is a maverick on the cello. A long-time friend of the Collective, he’s a star performer who’s gone from strength to strength as an instrumentalist, singer, and composer. His ability to inspire listeners is matched by his versatility.

Expect the unexpected: original South African folk, old Western classics given new life and outrageous cello solos. Sirocco is a celebration of music’s power to unify us all.

Manchester Collective
Abel Selaocoe, cello

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concerto performances and solo classical recitals. Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and has a special interest in curating recital programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, with view to helping classical music reach a more diverse audience.

Rakhi Singh, violin
Simmy Singh, violin
Ruth Gibson, viola
Alan Keary, electric bass
Dudu Kouate, percussion

Trad. arr. Danish String Quartet – O Fredrik, O Fredrik
Trad. arr. Danish String Quartet – Sønderho Bridal Trilogy (Bridal Piece)
Hans ABRAHAMSEN – Three Preludes
Trad. – Qhawe
J.HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76 No. 1 ii. Adagio sostenuto
Trad. – iBuyile
Abel SELAOCOE – Kea Mo Rata

Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 7:30pm
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