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Celebrating diversity: Abel Selaocoe


Interview with Abel Selaocoe

With thanks to Catherine Hocking, Director of Music Programmes, Lakeside Arts, and Amber Frost, University Radio Nottingham (URN).

Cellist Abel Selaocoe discusses his musical journey growing up in South Africa, moving to the UK for further studies, his musical influences and why listening is crucial to understanding common threads between different cultures.

Abel will be performing live at Lakeside Arts on Thursday 11 March at 7.00pm as part of a concert series in partnership with the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall. This performance is also available to book and watch on demand until Sunday 21 March 2021.

Find out more about Abel Selaocoe and how to book for his live concert at Lakeside:

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Abel Selaocoe


South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concerto performances and solo classical recitals. Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and has a special interest in curating recital programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, with a view to helping classical music reach a more diverse audience.

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