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Manchester Collective & Chesaba


Sirocco is pure joy and energy – a blast of music that celebrates diverse folk traditions from across the globe. This is music that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck and bring a wide smile to your face.

Guest Director, cellist Abel Selaocoe is an inspiring artist with an utterly unique, mesmerising, musical voice. He is joined by Sidiki Dembele (African percussion) and Alan Keary (electric bass) from Chesaba and members of Manchester Collective. When the show premiered last year critics described it as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.

SOLLIMA Lamentatio
LAWES Aire in C
TRAD. Click Song
TRAD. Ibuyile (South Africa)
HAYDN Op. 76 No. 1, II. Adagio Sostenuto
TRAD. Echa monati (South Africa)
TRAD. Takamba (Mali)
TRAD. Little One Mine (Ghana)
TRAD. Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark)
PURCELL Excerpts from The Fairy Queen
TRAD. O Fredik, O Fredik (Denmark)

Abel Selaocoe - guest director and cello
Alan Keary - electric bass
Sidiki Dembele - African percussion
Rakhi Singh - violin
Simmy Singh - violin
Ruth Gibson – viola

2 hours (including interval)