Manchester Collective: The Oracle

Friday 8 April 2022

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Music makes time-travellers of us all. It connects us to the past, to the land, to ancestors and to forgotten songs. Long before we ever knew we were listening, our mothers, fathers, carers comforted us through song. In the beginning, music is family.

South African cellist and composer Abel Selaocoe is a sensation. His work has a way of cutting through what we think and tapping directly into how we feel. Backed by the beat of African percussion, in this brand-new show Abel is joined by Manchester Collective to present a musical journey that spans continents and generations, past and future.

Featuring stories and original compositions by Abel, alongside masterpieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Igor Stravinsky and Mica Levi, The Oracle is ultimately a show about connection. It’s music at its most joyful and life-affirming.

His recent work with Opera North has included Ulimbambe, a work designed to accompany lockdown walks, and the major commission As You Are: A Sound Walk for Leeds.

Save 10% when you book two Manchester Collective gigs at the Howard Assembly Room and 15% when you book all three. Discounts apply to full price tickets only and will be added in the basket once multiple events have been selected.


Start time

Approx 100mins

Programme to include:
World premiere works by Abel Selaocoe
Music by Picforth, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Igor Stravinsky, Oliver Leith, Mica Levi

£10 tickets for U30s members
(Limited availability applies)

In partnership with Leeds International Concert Season

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Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in venues ranging from concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals.

New music and collaboration are of vital importance to the Collective; they commission and present work by some of today’s most exciting artistic voices, crossing different genres and artforms.

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Manchester Collective: The Oracle

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