Two incredible cellists to play at the 11th Desmond Tutu Annual Peace Lecture

Oct 5, 2021
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

This week the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation announced that South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will be taking part in the 11th Desmond Tutu Annual Peace Lecture.

Abel Selaocoe made his debut at Wigmore Hall with renowned composer Colin Mathews. ’In recent years, Abel has curated programmes at Kings Place, the Aldeburgh & Oxford Chamber Music Festivals, and has performed in both the late night BBC Proms, and BBC Proms Extra series.’

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s spans several decades where he has more than 75 albums, including Great Cello Concertos (1989), Brahms: Sonatas for Cello & Piano (1992), Made in America (1993), and Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla (1997). Later projects include Simply Baroque II — Bach & Boccherini (2000), Classic Yo-Yo (2001), Obrigado Brazil (2003), and The Goat Rodeo Sessions (2011).

The peace lecture, titled ‘Speaking Truth to Power: No future without justice’, will be delivered by four stellar global leaders who will explore the theme from their own respective view points. They include the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s highest spiritual leader; women’s and children’s rights activist Graca Machel; chair of The Elders and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson; and South Africa’s former public protector, Thuli Madonsela

The Desmond Tutu 11th Annual International Peace Lecture will start at 7pm (South African Standard Time) on the 7th of October. Register to receive your viewing link here: