A World of Possibilities – Duncan Ward & Abel Selaocoe
EFG London Jazz Festival
Thursday 16 November 2023 • 8pm
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Gary Carpenter Dadaville
Béla Bartók Dance Suite
Samuel Barber Medea’s Dance of Vengeance
Abel Selaocoe arr Benjamin Woodgates Four Spirits (Cello Concerto)
Duncan Ward conductor
Abel Selaocoe cello & voice
Bernhard Schimpelsberger percussion
London Symphony Orchestra
7pm Freestage Level G
Guildhall School Jazz Musicians
The concert will finish at approximately 9.30pm (timings subject to change)
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South African and European traditions meet in the transformative music of Abel Selaocoe.
Cellist, singer and master of storytelling Abel Selaocoe promises to enthral audiences with music drawing on his South African heritage. His debut performance with the London Symphony Orchestra introduces his much-anticipated cello concerto, Four Spirits that also showcases his soaring, lyrical baritone and deep throat singing. We also hear an exuberant folk-music suite by Béla Bartók, himself a gleeful disruptor of musical dogmas, and a jazz-infused opener from British composer Gary Carpenter.
The good mood promises to be infectious in the LSO’s first collaboration with Abel Selaocoe, with added electricity provided by conductor Duncan Ward and pre-concert foyer performances by Guildhall Jazz.
The audience should float away from this concert with a new sense of community … they will have sung their hearts out, and I hope they feel the warmth and spirit of collective musical magic’ – Duncan Ward
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
Hear about the inspiration behind Duncan Ward’s programme for the EFG London Jazz Festival, which features Abel Selaocoe’s new Cello Concerto Four Spirits.