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Manchester Collective | Sirocco
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Manchester Collective | Sirocco

Manchester Collective: Sirocco ​

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

Sollima Lamentatio
Lawes  Aire in C
Trad Click Song
Haydn Quartet Op 76, No 1: ii Adagio Sostenuto
Trad Ibuyile (South Africa)
Trad Echa monati (South Africa)
Stravinsky Concertino
Trad Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark)
Trad Little One Mine (Ghana)
Trad O Fredik, O Fredik (Denmark)
Purcell Excerpts from The Fairy Queen
​Trad Takamba (Mali)

Sirocco is pure joy and energy - a great storm of music that celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people; music that will raise the hairs on your arms and bring a great big smile to your face.

When we toured this show in 2018, critics called it a “once in a lifetime experience” and our audiences were dancing in the aisles. Now, we open our 2019/20 Season with this joyous revival - sixteen shows across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Switzerland.

We’re thrilled to welcome back Abel Selaocoe as Guest Director - he’s a friend, a colleague, and most of all, a completely inspiring artist who stands alone as an utterly unique, mesmerising, musical voice. Abel will be joined by Sidiki Dembele and Alan Keary from Chesaba, and of course, by the string quartet of Manchester Collective.

The show covers everything from Selaocoe’s outrageous arrangements for solo cello to beloved classics by Stravinsky and Haydn; from a set of original African folk to a collection of gorgeous Danish folk songs.


Manchester Collective performs a series of six concerts at Leeds Town Hall this season; Thursday 26 September, Thursday 28 November, Friday 24 January, Thursday 12 March, Thursday 23 April, and Thursday 25 June.

Explore other Manchester Collective concerts here.




Full: £20.67 inclusive of 6% booking fee
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s, full-time students, unwaged: 50% off

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