Manchester Collective: Sirocco

Sirocco is pure joy and energy – a great storm of music that celebrates the warmth and diversity of cultural traditions from across the globe.

Guest directed and narrated by South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, this is music for the people, by the people. Abel is joined by Sidiki Dembele and Alan Keary from Chesaba – a trio specialising in the performance of music from the African continent – and the string quartet of Manchester Collective.

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

Watch the online premiere of Sirocco, Manchester Collective’s final isolation broadcast, at

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