Making their debut at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Collective will accompany South African virtuoso cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe for their hometown leg of The Oracle, a stunning new musical show for all ages featuring iconic masterpieces alongside Selaocoe’s own boundary-defying work.

Having been commissioned to create new compositions by Manchester Collective in collaboration with Royal Philharmonic Society, Abel Selaocoe weaves a profound, electrified tapestry of traditional African music and classical cornerstones in a performance both for and about different generations, playing upon the idea that ‘music makes time-travellers of us all.’

Described by the Collective as “music as its most joyful and life-affirming”, Selaocoe’s original stories and pieces feature alongside Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Mica Levi to create a genre-stretching show with the beauty of human connection through history at its core.

As long-time artistic collaborators, Selaocoe and Manchester Collective have worked together for a number of years, having met whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Oracle is an evolution of their hugely popular Sirocco project which began in 2018.

Abel Selaocoe said: “The Oracle will see us explore the sound worlds between classical and African music, and beyond. Audiences can expect to be thrown into a world of both the familiar and unfamiliar. They will be taken on a journey that explores the different types of sounds an instrument can make. It’s also about finding a universal idea of spirit that can take us to another world.”

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A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Fri 15 Apr, The Bridgewater Hall,
Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 11 Apr 2022