What's On  2018 / Part I  Sirocco

SOLLIMA Lamentatio
TRAD. Takamba (Mali)
LAWES Aire in C
RAVEL Sonata for Cello and Violin, II. Très Vif
HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76 No. 1, II. Adagio Sostenuto
TRAD. Ibuyile (South Africa)
TRAD. Echa monati (South Africa)

TRAD. Sgubu (South Africa)
TRAD. Little One Mine (Ghana)
TRAD. Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark)
LAWES Paven in F
TRAD. O Fredik, O Fredik (Denmark)

Abel Selaocoe Guest Director & Cello

Witnessing Abel Selaocoe perform is a truly awe-inspiring experience - his performances seem to fill the air with a fizzing energy, and invariably raise goosebumps on the arms of his audiences. It gives us great pleasure to welcome him as Guest Director for this project. We can't wait to get started.

Sirocco is pure joy and energy - a great storm of music that celebrates the incredible warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people.

Joining Manchester Collective for this unique collaboration is Abel's band, Chesaba, a trio specialising in the performance of music from the African continent.

The programme covers everything from Giovanni Sollima's inspired Lamentatio (in an outrageous virtuoso arrangement by Selaocoe - watch it here), darkness and light by Ravel and Haydn, a set of original African work performed for the first time, and two gorgeous Danish folk songs to round off the night.

We hope to see you at the party.


London / Wed 30 May 2018
Kings Place

Liverpool / Thu 31 May 2018
Invisible Wind Factory

Manchester / Sat 9 June 2018
The Stoller Hall


Rakhi Singh Violin
Simmy Singh Violin
Kay Stephen Viola
Abel Selaocoe Cello
Alan Keary Bass
Yahael Onono Percussion


Manchester Collective offers concession tickets to under 18s, full time students, senior citizens, and to the unemployed. Concession tickets are available for £5 for every show that we produce. Please note that proof of eligibility for your concession ticket will be requested upon entry.

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door. Unfortunately, we are not able to process cash payments on the day - please bring a bank card with you to avoid disappointment!

Tickets for our Kings Place show can be purchased directly from the Kings Place website, or at the Kings Place Box Office on the day of the concert.

Manchester Collective gratefully acknowledges support from Africa Oye.