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African Strings with Abel Selaocoe

Black and white photo of Abel Selaocoe holding his cello

Abel Selaocoe presents a mesmerising fusion of musical worlds, bringing together timeless minimalism and the intricate harmonies of the Baroque era with the unique timbres of African strings.

This bold endeavour not only showcases Selaocoe's remarkable virtuosity as a cellist but also celebrates the diverse tapestry of musical traditions. Through this captivating fusion, he creates a musical experience that is both transcendent and profoundly rooted in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Africa, igniting a harmonious dialogue between the past and the present, and reminding us of the boundless possibilities of musical expression.

Abel Selaocoe won the RPS Instrumentalist Award 2023 for his ‘willingness to take risks and cross genres’ (BBC Music Magazine). In this spirit, he uses improvisation to draw together the musical styles that fascinate him: ‘I can play a Bach suite and at the same time sing a drone, which will lead into an African piece’. The result, as iNews put it, is ‘exhilarating’.

This performance will finish at approximately 9.15pm, including a 20-minute interval

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