Try your hand at this beginners' course in playing the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra.
Be mesmerised by the sonorous gong chimes, metallophones and drums of the gamelan orchestra and be a part of the ever-expanding UK gamelan community.
Tutored by David McKenny, this 10-week course is designed for complete novices as well as those with some prior experience of playing gamelan. It gives participants an introduction to the loud style instruments and vocal techniques of the gamelan, the compositional forms and musical concepts used in Indonesia and builds strong foundations for ensemble music-making.
Playing the gamelan is both a rewarding musical and social activity. Classes can inspire self-confidence, improve coordination and listening skills, and encourage team-building.
New players are welcome every term. No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to sit on the floor, take off your shoes and have fun. Chairs can be provided for those less comfortable on the floor.
Not available on Mondays? We also offer beginner courses on Wednesdays. Both the Monday and Wednesday Beginner Gamelan Courses provide a solid foundation to the more advanced Thursday evening gamelan courses.
In 1987, Southbank Centre was privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan. This was a remarkable gift from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to the people of the UK as a gesture of friendship.
As is the case with many important gamelan ensembles, ours was named 'Kyai Lebdha Jiwa' or 'The Venerable Spirit of Perfection'.
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