Gamelan Group Workshops

24 Jan - 23 Mar

Gamelan Group Workshops

Part of GamelanGet a group together to have a go at playing the beautiful Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra. 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’.

No previous musical experience is necessary to play the gamelan and enjoy its wonderful sounds; it is a rewarding musical and social activity.

Playing gamelan can inspire self-confidence, improve coordination, encourage team-building, and enhance listening skills. It is a great chance to try something new and develop your playing experience in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Participatory workshops for schools and groups – Spring 2017

These introductory gamelan workshops are available to groups of up to 20 participants. Each two-hour session explores traditional Javanese repertoire but can be tailored to your specific needs to include composition and performing with an expert tutor.

These sessions are great for primary and secondary schools (particularly KS3 & KS4), colleges and universities, family get-togethers and birthday celebrations.

No previous musical experience is necessary, just a willingness to take off your shoes and have fun.

For all queries regarding gamelan at Southbank Centre, please contact Sophie Ransby, Gamelan Manager, by email,, or on 020 7921 0767.

Need to know

From Tuesday 10 January – Thursday 30 March 2017 available sessions are as follows:
Tuesdays (2pm), Wednesdays (10.30am) and Thursdays (10.30am & 2pm)

Workshops can be arranged on other dates and times, subject to tutor availability.

These workshops are not available to book online. To book, call our group ticket line on 020 7960 4225 (Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm).

Access services
A range of special needs can also be accommodated.

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